Buzz: Ron Washington makes change
|Welcome to the debut of the 2013 Ron Washington Show. Every Tuesday at noon, manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest on the Texas Rangers.
Washington said before the game that he had no problem giving Gentry a chance against a right-hander.
"It didn't seem to effect him in spring training," Washington said. "I have no issues whatsoever with Gentry in the lineup tonight against a righty."
Gentry batted .306 in 36 at-bats against right-handers this spring. He had five extra-base hits, including a home run, among his 11 hits. He also had five RBIs.
Gentry hit .277 against right-handers last season in 141 at-bats. He hit .344 against lefties. He did a better getting through pitches this spring, Washington said.
"Last year he would get there and cut his swing off," Washington said. "This year he's getting to the ball and staying through the ball. That's what is helping him generate the little pop he is generating."
"He's going to give up some runs. The the thing about him, what we like more than anything else, is he continued to attack the zone. He didn't back down. It was nice to get him out there and let him see that if you execute, good things will happen."
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