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Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward ahead of A’s series

Woodward began his managerial tenure with the Rangers in 2019.

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

When the Oakland Athletics take the field this week, their opponent will look a little different in the dugout.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Rangers relieved manager Chris Woodward of his duties Monday.

BREAKING: Rangers have relieved Chris Woodward of managerial duties, according to a person with direct knowledge of situation

Woodward was hired by the Rangers in 2019 and spent four seasons at the helm, achieving a 211-278 record. Woodward never led the Rangers to a winning season during his tenure, and did not meet expectations this year even after the team spent millions of dollars signing former A’s infielder Marcus Semien and one-time World Series champion Corey Seager this offseason. The Rangers are 51-63 and sit 23 games behind the first-place Houston Astros.

The team has named third base coach Tony Beasley the interim manager. He’ll make his managerial debut tonight against the A’s at 5:05 p.m. PT.