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Rangers set rotation to start the season

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The Rangers have announced their starting pitchers for the first five games of the season

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The Texas Rangers have set their starting rotation for the beginning of the 2021 season.

Kyle Gibson will start Thursday’s season opener in Kansas City against the Royals. After Friday’s off day, he will be followed by Kohei Arihara on Saturday and Jordan Lyles (as part of a tandem starter setup) for Sunday’s series finale.

Monday afternoon’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays will feature Mike Foltynewicz as the starter. Dane Dunning, like Lyles part of a tandem setup, will start against the Jays on Tuesday, April 6, and then Wednesday’s “Nolan Ryan Beef Dollar Hot Dog Day,” set for a 1:05 p.m. start, will presumably see Gibson return to the mound.

Texas has an off day after that before they begin a stretch of 13 straight games without a day off, playing three at home against the San Diego Padres, going to Tampa Bay for four against the Rays, returning home for three against the Baltimore Orioles, and then heading to the West Coast for three games against the Angels.