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Rangers Fire Pitching Coach Acosta

June 21, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The struggling Texas Rangers fired pitching coach Oscar Acosta on Thursday night.

Rangers manager Jerry Narron cited ``differences in philosophy and problems in communication that I believe are detrimental to what we are trying to accomplish with the Texas Rangers.″

Bullpen coach Jamie Quirk took over as the team’s acting pitching coach.

Acosta, hired on Nov. 19, was told of the decision when the team reached Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 earlier in the day, but they are 29-41 and 14 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.

``I feel that in order for us to move ahead in a positive manner, it is necessary to make a change at this time,″ Narron said.

The Rangers said Acosta’s permanent replacement is expected to come from within the organization.

Acosta, 45, was the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs the past two seasons.

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