Murphy no longer merely a platoon player

Murphy no longer merely a platoon player

BOSTON -- David Murphy, who is hitting .375 (15-for-40) against left-handers, is no longer a platoon player starting only against right-handers.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he has told Murphy that he is now an everyday player, and that means he will start against left-handed pitchers, as well. Craig Gentry had been starting against lefties, but he has cooled off, with just two hits in his past 16 at-bats.

"When I told Murph he would start against left-handers, I told him to get mentally prepared for it," Washington said. "Now he's focused on it. Murphy is knocking the heck out of the ball, so I've decided to have him go against everybody until he proves otherwise."

Murphy went into Wednesday's game hitting .421 (16-for-38) with eight RBIs in his past 12 games, and .364 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in his past 42 games.

"I'm just going on what he's doing right now," Washington said. "I'm not looking at matchups. When we were struggling offensively, I just decided to put the best guys out there, and when I did that, we started to come around. His defense is better, his baserunning has been better and this is his time of the year. We all know he can hit."