SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked Friday night if he's made a decision on center field. "If I have made it, I'm not ready to give it up," Washington said. "You can use your own judgment." One thing that's obvious is Josh Hamilton is getting much time in center field. He made his fourth straight start in center on Friday night. Washington also said he wanted to use his "regulars" on Friday and that included David Murphy until he was scratched from the lineup because of a stomach virus.
Hamilton also went into Friday's game hitting .235 (12-for-51) for the spring and was still looking for his first home run. "He has shown some flashes," Washington said. "He's trying to get comfortable but he is inconsistent. If I'm worried about Josh Hamilton, I'm in deep trouble. I believe that ... on April 6th, Josh is my pick to click."