Chavez starts in center against left-hander

Chavez starts in center against left-hander

ARLINGTON -- Craig Gentry is still feeling some neck soreness from a hard slide into second base on Sunday night. So Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to start Endy Chavez in center field against Twins left-hander Brian Duensing.

Normally Gentry starts against left-handed pitchers in the Rangers' center-field platoon arrangement.

"He's still feeling the effects, so I don't want to take any chances," Washington said. "I'm not going to rush it, so I'll give him an extra day."

Chavez, a left-handed hitter, is 10-for-21 (.476) against left-handed pitchers this season. He is hitting .289 against them in his career as opposed to .270 against right-handed pitchers.

"I feel I can go up against anybody," Chavez said. "I don't care. I'll fight with any of them."