ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington sent Craig Gentry in to play defense in the ninth inning on Opening Day. The Rangers had a 3-2 lead against the White Sox going into the ninth and Washington wanted Gentry to replace David Murphy in left field.
Gentry and Josh Hamilton decided otherwise. They talked about it on the bench and decided it was better if Gentry played center and Hamilton moved to left. Washington acceded to their wishes.
"I'm glad they worked that out so I didn't have to get involved," Washington said. "Hamilton told me, 'I have no problem moving to left.' I said, 'Thank you, Hamilton, I love you.' I wasn't going to move Hamilton out of center. I was glad they made the decision. I'm not going to overrule my players when they say something is best.
"Hamilton is a team player and that was a team move. He was looking out for his teammates and that's what we do around here. I thought that was class."
That was one of two decisions made by his players that Washington liked on Opening Day. The other was made by Elvis Andrus after Ian Kinsler led off the first inning with a double to left. Andrus, trying to get the runner to third base, made one attempt to hit the ball to the right side and then got the job done with a sacrifice bunt.
Andrus was bunting on his own and Washington approved of it.
"When I saw them making decisions on their own, the manager loves it," Washington said.