- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Yovani Gallardo has been tabbed to start the Texas Rangers’ season opener.

New manager Jeff Banister on Thursday officially named Gallardo the starter for the April 6 opener at Oakland. The move had been expected with Yu Darvish out for the season after ligament-replacement elbow surgery, and left-hander Derek Holland likely starting the April 10 home opener.

Gallardo has started the last five season openers for the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded the right-hander to Texas in January.

Banister also said left Ross Detwiler, acquired in an offseason trade with Washington after being a reliever last season, has earned a spot in the rotation with Gallardo, Colby Lewis and Holland. The fifth starter hasn’t been determined.

Gallardo will be Texas’ seventh different opening day starter in seven years.


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