Doug Brocail expected to replace Mike Maddux as Rangers pitching coach

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Pitching coach Mike Maddux and the Rangers parted ways last week after seven years together and Texas has decided on a replacement, with Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reporting that it’ll likely be Astros Double-A pitching coach Doug Brocail.

Brocail pitched 15 seasons in the majors, including two years with the Rangers as a middle reliever. He was the Astros’ pitching coach from mid-2011 to 2013, shifted into a front office role for 2014, and coached at Double-A this year.

Maddux expressed interest in staying with Texas, but told the team he wanted to test the open market to see his other options and the Rangers decided to move on.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.