Hamilton gets reacquainted with center field

Hamilton gets reacquainted with center field

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was in the Rangers' lineup playing center field for the 26th time this season but only the second time since Aug. 20.

Craig Gentry, who has started 33 games in center but just two games in right field, was given the start in right on Friday, as Rangers manager Ron Washington wanted to get Hamilton more familiarity with the position.

"I'd just like to get Hamilton some repetition out there," Washington said. "He hasn't been over there in a while, so I thought tonight I'd get him over there."

With Nelson Cruz expected to return to right field on Saturday and David Murphy on a hot streak, Hamilton will likely start in center field for the playoffs, which increases the need for Hamilton to acclimate himself to the more difficult position of center.

"We're going to go day to day," Washington said. "See how much it wears him down tonight, then I'll decide tomorrow. If he makes it look easy, you might see him back out there."