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Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

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Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers manager Ron Washington went with the same lineup for two straight games, meaning Craig Gentry was in left field on Sunday. It was his second straight start against a right-hander, but Gentry is 7-for-9 with four stolen bases in his past two games.

"It's only two games, I just have to keep it going," Gentry said. "Whatever I can do to help the team. All it comes down to is winning games. We have to get something going and finish the season off."

Gentry, going into Sunday's game, was 12-for-35 in September, a .343 average that is the highest on the Rangers among players with at least 20 at-bats this month.

"He's doing a good job," Washington said. "It's a case of riding the hot hand."

David Murphy started for the third straight game after going 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles in the first two games. It was the first time this month that he has started three straight games.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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