Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is set to start the season with his hometown Texas Rangers.

Manager Chris Woodward told Pence on Thursday he will be on the 25-man roster as the team’s fourth outfielder when the Rangers open the regular season at home next Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

That means slimmed-down young outfielder Willie Calhoun will start the season at Triple-A Nashville.

Texas Rangers' Hunter Pence can't catch an RBI base hit by Cincinnati Reds' Blake Trahan during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence can’t catch an RBI base hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Blake Trahan during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Pence, who turns 36 on April 13, went to spring training on a minor league contract. He is a .280 career hitter in 12 big league seasons with Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and was part of two World Series championships with the Giants.

The three-time All-Star played at Arlington High School and then at the University of Texas-Arlington, only a few miles from the Rangers home stadium.

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Texas Rangers' Nolan Fontana scores behind Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal on a sacrifice fly by Willie Calhoun in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Phoenix (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Texas Rangers’ Nolan Fontana scores behind Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal on a sacrifice fly by Willie Calhoun in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Phoenix (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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