Gentry gets start in left field

Gentry gets start in left field

ARLINGTON -- With Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton sitting out Sunday's finale with right knee soreness, Craig Gentry got the start in left field.

Rangers manager Ron Washington has been pleased with Gentry's performance so far this year. After being recalled last Sunday for his second stint this season with the Rangers, he picked up his first career multi-RBI game against the White Sox when he started in center field. In that 9-6 Rangers win, Gentry went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

"I joked with him the other day in Chicago when I said, 'Am I overstepping my boundaries playing you against a righty?' Washington said. "And he went up there and got us a sac fly."

Washington applauded Gentry's speed and defensive ability. Prior to being called up, he had been 7-for-8 in steal attempts with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"The guy can play some defense, he can run," Washington said. "Every time he's played, he's been in the action. He's always ready to do whatever.

"I put on a hit-and-run and he looked like he could have stolen the bag. And I'm thinking, 'Geez, I should have just let him steal it.' He can fly."