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Friday, October 5, 2012
Lineups: Adrian Beltre at 3B, Craig Gentry in CF

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is going with his primarily right-handed lineup against LHP Joe Saunders. That includes Craig Gentry in the outfield and Michael Young at first base. It means Mitch Moreland and David Murphy are on the bench. Murphy had been playing more against left-handed pitchers, but Washington felt he wanted Gentry to play center field and get a chance to hit Saunders.

"He's not swinging the bat like he was earlier," Washington said of Murphy against left-handers. "My main thing today was I just wanted to get those young legs of Gentry out there running the ball down in center field and give Hamilton a little break on the other side. I tried to put as many righties in there as I possibly could against Saunders."

In fact, Hamilton is the only left-handed hitter in the lineup today.

The lineup:

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Michael Young
DH Mike Napoli
C Geovany Soto
CF Craig Gentry

LF Nate McLouth (L)
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Chris Davis (L)
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters (S)
DH Jim Thome (L)
1B Mark Reynolds
2B Ryan Flaherty (L)
3B Manny Machado