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Melvin, Oates Get Extensions

November 22, 1996

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Following the Rangers’ first division title, Texas general manager Doug Melvin and manager Johnny Oates got one-year contract extensions through 1998 on Thursday.

``The contributions that Doug Melvin and Johnny Oates have made to the Texas Rangers franchise over the last two years have been enormous,″ Rangers president Tom Schieffer. ``They have led the Rangers’ climb to American League Western Division champions.″

Texas went 90-72 in 1996, leading the AL West for all but four days of the season. The Rangers then lost to the Yankees 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Oates, who is 164-142 in two seasons as the Rangers’ manager, tied with New York’s Joe Torre for the AL Manager of the Year award.

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