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Hamilton to left as Gentry takes center

Hamilton to left as Gentry takes center

Hamilton to left as Gentry takes center
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers manager Ron Washington is switching Craig Gentry and Josh Hamilton in the outfield.

Both will start Game 3 on Monday against Rays left-hander David Price, but Hamilton will be in left field and Gentry will be in center. Gentry started in left in Game 1 against left-hander Matt Moore, but it was only his second start there, and he wasn't comfortable. He started 33 games in center.

"Center field is Gentry's best spot, and we all know Hamilton is a great left fielder," Washington said. "When Gentry is out there, he's better in center than in left. Hamilton is as great in left as he is in center."

Hamilton will still play center with David Murphy in left when the opposing team throws a right-hander. Washington planned on keeping Hamilton in center against all pitchers for the playoffs but reversed course. Washington checked with Hamilton, who had no problems with the switch.

"It doesn't matter. ... I'm waiting for him to stick me in right field," Hamilton said. "It basically comes down to where other guys are more comfortable playing. The regular season's one thing, the postseason is a little more pressure to read balls right, make plays, so you want to have players where they're most comfortable and feel like they can do the best job."

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