New-look lineup remains for series finale

New-look lineup remains for series finale

New-look lineup remains for series finale
ARLINGTON -- Unlike Saturday, Ron Washington did not make any changes to his lineup for Sunday's first-half finale against the Twins.

On Saturday, Washington switched Michael Young and Nelson Cruz, putting Cruz in the fifth spot and having Young bat sixth. Cruz went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, including a walk-off two-bagger in the 10th inning. Cruz has the team's only two hits with runners in scoring position this series and is batting .364 in his last nine games, while Young is hitting .200 over his last 25.

"It can carry over but there's no predicting this game," Washington said. "You still have to go out there and play. It can carry over. You just have to go out there and get it done. We got a win so we're feeling better. It'll be nice if we get one today."

For the second straight day, Josh Hamilton, who left Friday's game with back spasms, was the Rangers' designated hitter and batted third. Hamilton, who will start in left field in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, hit his 27th home run on Saturday, tying him with Jose Bautista for the Major League lead. Craig Gentry also stayed in the lineup against a right-handed starting pitcher, starting in center field and batting ninth.

"It's automatic, he's going to DH," Washington said. "I just want to give him two days and make sure nothing's wrong with that big man. I just want to make sure he can play when Tuesday's over. The treatment did him some good."

Gentry, who is batting .413 in his last 26 games, is hitting .323 against righties this season and .351 with runners in scoring position. His .343 batting average is the highest in the American League among players with at least 125 at-bats.

"We, as a group, haven't been doing very much offensively so I'm riding his hot hand," Washington said. "He's learning how to use his skills. I've played him against lefties and he's flourished. He's gotten some opportunities against righties and he's got it done. I think the way we've played him has helped develop into what he is. Give him credit because he's thriving."