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Wash Coveting Speed, Aggressiveness

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    Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington

    Recently, Rangers manager Ron Washington told centerfielder Craig Gentry that he wants him to try to bunt for a base hit once every game during spring training.

    That's the good thing about spring training. Teams can work on little things they want to work on without worry about the ramifications of winning or losing.

    And if there's one thing the Rangers want to work on this spring training, it's getting back to being a great, aggressive baserunning team after being nothing more than an average, at times, stupid baserunning team in 2012.

    On Wednesday, Washington had a meeting with all of his speed guys, young and old, about trying to be more effective in small ball this year, including bunting for base hits.

    "We got a chance to sit around and talk about baseball and see what they know and what they don't know," Washington told ESPN Dallas. "We've got a lot of youth in camp and we want to get them as relaxed as we can and get them to understand that the things we're asking them to do, they're capable of doing. It's all constructive. It's not saying anything bad. It's just that we're not accepting of not executing."