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Pedro Alvarez Looks For Consistency

Pedro Alvarez had a big rookie season in 2010. After earning a call-up from AAA Indianapolis in June, the Pirates' 24-year old third baseman batted .256 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs in 95 games for Pittsburgh.

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This spring, as Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com outlines, the now second-year player is focused on estabishing some consistency.

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"People always say that you have to make adjustments and that you have to be consistent," Alvarez said. "It's one thing to hear and another thing to go through it. It's just every day trusting your coach and trusting your routine and having faith that one day things are going to start falling into place for you. The worst thing you can do is try something different just because something didn't work the other day. Once you establish your routine and an approach what you feel is going to help you, the stars align."

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Alvarez's rookie season was a bit of a roller coaster ride. During his first month in the Big Leagues, he hit just .152 with no home runs and five RBIs. As he got more games under his belt, his batting averages rose to .255 in July and .250 in August before exploding to hit .311 in September.

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