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November 01, 2012

Gary Pettis to coach third base for Rangers

The Rangers made another change to their coaching staff Thursday, though they didn't hire anyone new.

Gary Pettis will be the Rangers' third-base coach in 2013, swapping out duties at first base with Dave Anderson. Pettis will continue as the outfield and base-running coach, and Anderson keeps his job as the infield coach.

Manager Ron Washington, though, wanted to take advantage of Pettis' instincts as a base runner to help the Rangers capitalize on every scoring chance. Washington said that the players will be more inclined to trust Pettis, who stole 354 bases and scored 568 runs in 11 major-league seasons.

"Gary being the base running guy he is, I wanted to get him on the other side and use his expertise," Washington said. "I think he'll be able to react a lot more quickly."

Bench coach Jackie Moore, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins also return. The only change in personnel was made last month, when Dave Magadan replaced Scott Coolbaugh as hitting coach.

-- Jeff Wilson

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