Hamilton back after daughter's birth

Hamilton back after daughter's birth

Hamilton back after daughter's birth
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was in the Rangers' lineup on Saturday, one day after missing a game to be with his wife, Katie, while she gave birth to their fourth child, Stella Faith, on Friday.

There is no paternity leave in September, because rosters are expanded. That means the Rangers can't pad their league lead with a fourth paternity leave. But Hamilton is not expected to miss more time.

"He is going to be here the rest of the way," manager Ron Washington said.

Craig Gentry stepped in for Hamilton on Friday and went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. He is now 16-for-16 in stolen bases this season. That is tied for the fourth-most stolen bases in one season without getting caught in recorded Major League history. Chase Utley of the Phillies was 23-for-23 in 2009.

"That's why we've got other players," Washington said. "We do what we have to do and move on."

Gentry started even though there was a right-hander on the mound for the Athletics. Gentry has started 31 games this season and 25 have come with a left-hander on the mound. Gentry made five starts against right-handers early in the season when both Hamilton and Nelson Cruz were on the disabled list.

But this was his first start against a right-hander since May 22 and Roy Halladay of the Phillies. Washington could have given rookie Leonys Martin, a left-handed hitter, his first Major League start, but preferred Gentry's experience.

"If we were five or six games up, but right now, we can't afford it," Washington said. "The kid is going to be a great player, but we haven't seen much of him. We don't want to jeopardize him or the club."

Gentry is hitting .175 against left-handers but .327 against right-handers.