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.