Rangers will use Alexi Ogando as a reliever during playoffs

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Alexi Ogando spent nearly all of this season in the Rangers’ rotation, throwing 167 innings with a 3.56 ERA in 29 starts, but his last appearance came as a reliever and he’ll be working out of the bullpen during the playoffs.

Ogando had never started prior to this season, so the bullpen role will be a familiar one to him, but given the veteran relief help the Rangers added at the trade deadline they’re certainly not short on late-inning options. Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison will be the third and fourth starters instead.

For his career Ogando has a 1.24 ERA and 41/16 K/BB ratio in 44 innings as a reliever, but manager Ron Washington may have trouble finding enough high-leverage work for Ogando, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Michael Gonzalez, and Darren Oliver in front of closer Neftali Feliz. It’s a nice problem to have, of course.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.