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Gentry Takes LF Job By Throat

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Gentry Takes LF Job By Throat

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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)

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The David Murphy experience appears to be pretty much done, even if he did make two starts at designated hitter over the weekend against right-handed pitchers.

As for left field, that job seems to be Craig Gentry's for the final seven games of the season, with a possible off-day mixed in there somewhere, but there shouldn't be.

Gentry is a great outfielder with exceptional range, especially in left field, and a good enough arm to make him an above-average thrower from the left field spot. He's also dangerous at the plate because even when he is slumping, he can still make things happen with his speed.

But lately, that hasn't been necessary, as Gentry is red-hot over the last week, hitting .571 over his last five games (14 at-bats) with a double, a triple and a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen bases.

The Rangers can do a whole lot worse down the stretch than Gentry in left field. God love Jim Adduci and Joey Butler, but they shouldn't be starting games with the postseason on the line, and neither should Murphy.

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