Craig Gentry makes impression on Washington
Manager Ron Washington was brutally honest Thursday when asked about Gentry, telling reporters that he has been surprised, maybe even stunned, by the strides the 29-year old has made this spring.
Gentry opens the season sharing center field with Cuban rookie Leonys Martin, who has made his own splash this spring, batting .350 with 12 RBIs. Gentry is likely to get the starting nod in Sunday's opener in Houston -- the right-handed hitter was in the starting lineup against Mexico City Rojas Diablos righty David Reyes.
Gentry had two more hits Thursday, both of them off right-handed relievers. He raised his spring average to .356. The Rangers already knew he could run and play center field. He has added offense, at least this spring.
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Washington said he won't decide until Saturday who will start in center field against the Astros. The manager endorsed both players, praising them for the way they've fought.
"Gentry deserves playing time," Washington said. "Martin deserves playing time."
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