Rangers go to spring with new manager and hope for health

AP Sports Writer

The Texas Rangers go to spring training with a new manager, a few new pitchers, some healed hurlers and a couple of big-money bats they hope can stay healthy.

After an AL-worst 95 losses last year, the Rangers are ready for the fresh start that comes with spring training and a new season.

Jeff Banister takes over as manager after 29 seasons in Pittsburgh's organization.

Even when losses were piling up during an injury-plagued season, the Rangers had no intention of changing managers until Ron Washington's sudden resignation for personal reasons with three weeks left. Bench coach Tim Bogar went 14-8 as interim manager, but Banister won over Rangers officials during the interview process.

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