Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/14/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Craig Gentry followed up his 5 for 5 performance Friday by drawing a start against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. Gentry's starts normally come against left-handers but Texas manager Ron Washington changed that up. "The guy had a 5 for 5 night," Washington said. "He deserves to go out there." Two of Gentry's hits Friday came against right-handed pitchers and he's 9 for his last 23 against right-handers. Gentry, who is now hitting .341, looked forward to the opportunity. "I feel good right now," Gentry said. "It's not like I've never faced a right-hander before. It's going to be a little bit different. I saw two last night. I've got to keep my same approach." Washington said that Gentry would have started Saturday even if David Murphy was hitting well. Murphy is hitting just .200 over the last 23 games. Ogando expectations Washington is hoping right-hander Alexi Ogando can give the Rangers around 60 pitches when he makes his first start of the seas...
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  • I think that Ron Washington is out of his mind for not starting Craig Gentry. I think he has more natural ability than Dave Murphy or any other young player on the Rangers' everyday roster and he'd provide a welcome counterbalance to Texas' (more often than not) station-to-station attack by injecting even more speed into a lineup that's power packed when they're hitting on all cylinders, anyway. Dave Murphy is a decent, workmanlike player who doesn't blow your socks off in any one area. He always has good, sensible at-bats, doesn't make a lot of stupid mistakes on the base paths or in the field, and is just a nice player who comes up with some big hits from time to time. Now admittedly you can do a lot worse than Murphy in your lineup. It's just that I think Gentry is a better hitter with more speed and can do more than Dave can on the bases and in the field. He's also younger, and I think Ron Washington should end that stupid merry-go-round he's had going on in left field for the past few years and simply let Craig play himself OUT of a job instead of rusting away on the bench.

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