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Gentry Getting Hot At Right Time

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08: Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of an interleague game at AT&T Park on June 8, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

    Craig Gentry hit a 423-foot bomb to left-center field on Wednesday night help the Texas Rangers secure a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros heading into an off-day and a six-game road trip.

    Read that again, Craig Gentry hit a bomb. You know things must be going right for the speedy, light-hitting guy belovedly known as "Kitten Face," thanks to former major local celebrity @tweetgrubes.

    Now everyone's favorite fourth outfielder is on a hot streak at the plate, and he's enjoying that success at the right time in the midst of what is likely to be five straight starts with the Rangers seeing a string of lefties on the mound.

    Remember when Gentry and Leonys Martin were platooning in center field based on pitching matchups? Well, those days are long gone as Martin has become an everyday player and the team's leadoff hitter, but Gentry is now in a platoon with the struggling David Murphy, and Gentry is in line for some serious playing time over the weekend in Chicago.

    In his last 24 games, 13 of which have been starts, Gentry is hitting .327 with five doubles and eight RBIs with a .433 on-base percentage.

    Most importantly, perhaps, is the defensive upgrade Gentry provides over Murphy with much more range and an equal arm.

    This weekend could be the beginning of Gentry starting to chip into Murphy's playing time, and that could be a good thing for the Rangers if he can stay hot.