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Steve Buechele to manage Rangers with Jeff Banister visiting ill mother

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister left the team on Saturday morning to be with his ill mother.

Banister's mother, Verda, lives in Clear Lake, Texas. Bench coach Steve Buechele managed the team on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics and will do so again on Sunday.

After Saturday's 1-0 loss, the Rangers are the fringe of the American League wild-card race, trailing the Minnesota Twins by 4 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot.

"The circumstances of this are terrible, but family first,'' Buechele said.

Buechele learned about Banister's situation on Friday night but said he didn't know Banister would be flying back to Texas until Saturday morning.

"I don't think he knew,'' Buechele said. Buechele surfaced as a candidate for the Colorado Rockies managerial vacancy in 2012. He interviewed by phone for the position before the Rockies hired Walt Weiss.

"In the game of baseball, you don't ever know what will be given to you or afforded to you,'' Buechele said. "I feel lucky to have the job I have now. Should the opportunity arise somewhere down the road, yeah, that would be nice, but that's certainly not on my radar right now.''

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