ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington has Craig Gentry in left field against Tampa Bay rookie Matt Moore and Josh Hamilton will be in center. Washington said he wanted to leave Hamilton in center because he's been playing him there to finish the season and didn't want to alter things.
"Josh was groomed to play center field and that's his mental state," Washington said. I'm not screwing with that."
Because it's a lefty in the lineup, Craig Gentry gets the call in left field over David Murphy. Gentry is hitting .265 off lefties this season. Washington said Moore isn't an "average lefty," making him lean toward Gentry even more. Moore has a hard fastball and a sharp breaking ball.
"That's the way we've been doing it, so I did it again," Washingotn said. "I'm not changing anything."
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Craig Gentry
LHP C.J. Wilson