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Gentry Flashes Worth With Speed

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    Craig Gentry made a great case on Wednesday night to get himself some more playing time in a crowded outfield situation for the Texas Rangers.

    The Rangers have one of the more crowded outfields in all of baseball with a starting lineup of Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and David Murphy, but when lefties are on the mound Murphy is known to sit in favor of playing speedster Craig Gentry in center, moving Hamilton to left.

    That was the case on Wednesday night in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Oakland A's, and Gentry played a vital part in the victory.

    The speedy centerfielder had a bunt single, ran out an infield single and showed his speed in center when he chased down a sure double in the left-center field gap and made it into an out instead.

    After the game, his longtime teammate Mitch Moreland said Gentry's never failed to amaze him.

    "I've played with Gentry all the way up from Double-A on and speed is a huge part of his game," Moreland told ESPNDallas. "He runs about as fast as I've seen. I've seen him do some pretty impressive stuff. What he did (Wednesday), I've seen him do 100 times, I feel like. He's good at it. He's going to find a way to take the extra base or beat out a ball. It's fun to watch. Sometimes you drop your jaw. He can get after it."