Wash's Wisdom: Rotating center field

The Rangers have two center fielders -- Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin. Figuring out who is going to play on a given day? That's up to Ron Washington.

So far the Rangers' manager has basically alternated games between the two. Gentry was the starter in Monday's 5-4 victory, going 0-for-3 with a run scored.

Martin was the first to get back-to-back starts Saturday and Sunday. Washington said Sunday that Gentry will play in consecutive games soon. Will it be Tuesday after being in the lineup Monday?

The Rays start right-hander Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday and lefty Matt Moore on Wednesday. The right-handed hitting Gentry will be in the lineup against Moore. No question.

So will he be in there against Hernandez and get three consecutive starts? Washington seemed to indicate Monday it will be Martin getting the start Tuesday.

"They're both going to play," Washington said. "This is a place where it may go one, one, one, one."

Gentry is off to the better start. He was batting .300 after Monday's game, his third of the season. Gentry stole a base and scored the winning run in the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday, one of the plays of the year so far.

Martin is 1-for-7 on the current homestand and is batting .077. He has no home runs, RBIs or stolen bases.

Other notes:

  • Washington went with veteran Derek Lowe in the eighth inning Monday with the bases loaded and the Rangers leading 5-1. Tanner Scheppers, who had pitched two innings the day before, was not called upon. Lowe, who has been pitching since early March, didn't have his sinker exactly where he needed it to be and walked Shelley Duncan on four pitches while trying to induce a ground ball. Lowe managed to get out of the inning with the Rangers still leading 5-3, but he walked a tightrope getting out of the inning. It will be interesting to see how Washington uses Lowe going forward.