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Pregame notes: Bronze Star for bench coach

9/11/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas – Prior to Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones will be presented with the Bronze Star.

Jones finished his tour of service for the U.S. Army in 1971 as a section chief in a 105 millimeter howitzer battery and was given the Bronze Star, but he never had a formal ceremony from a senior military officer.

“I wasn’t presented the medal,” Jones said. “The commanding officer pins it on your chest. Well, I never got any of that. I actually got the medal, but it wasn’t presented to me. Not sure why it wasn’t presented.”

Jones said that his first wife had the Bronze Star but that after a divorce, its whereabouts were a mystery. Jones’ daughter found it years later.

Jones, a corporal, served from 14 months in Vietnam and extended his stay by two months.

Col. R.J. Muraski, Deputy Commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, will officially present Jones the Bronze Star.

9/11 anniversary: Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar was playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 and was so distraught, the team gave him a few days off to recover in his home state of Illinois.

"But it just it was one of those things where you didn't think it could ever happen to us,” Bogar said. “You felt a little vulnerable, but then you felt how everybody could rally around each other and what a great nation and a great country this really is, and we need to stick together and think about other people and take care of each other and not just ourselves.”

Baseball stuff: Catcher Robinson Chirinos (neck) was expected to be back in the lineup Thursday but wanted to continue individual drills before returning. Bogar said Chirinos is improving and could catch Friday. ... Right-handed reliever Lisalverto Bonilla could make a spot start in the final weeks of the season if someone gets hurt or needs to miss a start. Bonilla made six starts in his final 10 appearances for Triple-A Round Rock before his September call-up. ... Bogar doesn’t expect any of the current starters to be shut down the rest of the season. Miles Mikolas is out with a sore shoulder but is feeling better.