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Gentry confident for 2013 following career season


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the Rangers called on Craig Gentry in 2012, he answered. The 29-year-old outfielder has had a brief Major League career, but last year was the most productive of his four seasons.

Playing in a career-high 121 games, Gentry hit .304, also a career best. Defensively, Gentry played 116 games in the outfield without committing an error.

The Arkansas native was certainly pleased with his 2012 performance, but he wants to make sure it is a sign of things to come rather than simply one good season.

"I am coming off a good season for myself," said Gentry, who hit his first home run of the spring in Saturday's 7-1 victory against Arizona. "I'm just going to try to keep it going during Spring Training, have a good Spring Training and work it into the season."

And thus far, he is doing exactly that.

Although it is still early in Spring Training, Gentry is hitting .455 with three RBIs and three stolen bases in six games.

With a strong 2012 and a fast start to spring, Gentry says he has not made any changes to his offseason program in recent years. He simply does the same thing he has always been doing, just doing so with confidence.

"It's just more of a mindset for me," Gentry said. "Going up there and being confident, having an approach and a plan and sticking to it."

While Gentry figures to receive a significant amount of playing time in 2013, Leonys Martin and Julio Borbon are also competing for time in center field, but Gentry knows focusing on others will not benefit him in any way.

"I'm just going to go out and do what I need to do," Gentry said. "If I take care of my own business, that's all I can ask for. I'm not going to try and think about things I can't control."

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