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Rangers announce five additional candidates to be interviewed

The Texas Rangers released a list of six candidates Friday whom they plan to interview for their manager position, beginning early next week.

The list includes interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the team the final 22 games of the season.

The others are Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, and Alex Cora, manager and general manager of the Caguas Criollos in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

The Rangers announced earlier this week they had already interviewed in-house candidates Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele. Maddux has been the Rangers’ pitching coach for six seasons. Buechele has been a minor league manager for six seasons, including last season in Round Rock.

Also Friday, the club confirmed that the Arizona Diamondbacks were granted permission to speak to Bogar about their manager opening.

“Tim is obviously a very strong candidate for our managerial position, but we also understand that he has to look at all potential opportunities as we go through our process,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. “He and I have had several extensive conversations in advance of the formal interview process he will have with other members of the organization next week.”

Bogar, who was in his first year as the Rangers bench coach, replaced Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned on Sept. 5 after nearly eight seasons leading the Rangers.

Rangers candidates

• Jeff Banister, Pirates bench coach

• Steve Buechele, Round Rock manager

• Tim Bogar, Rangers interim manager

• Kevin Cash, Indians bullpen coach

• Alex Cora, manager and general manager, Caguas Criollos (Puerto Rican Winter League)

• Torey Lovullo, Red Sox bench coach

• Mike Maddux, Rangers pitching coach

• Joe McEwing, White Sox third base coach

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