DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila loves the word consistency.
The question for Avila, who turned 25 this past week, is whether he'll be able to consistently be the player he was last season.
Manager Jim Leyland announced before last season that Avila would be the everyday starting catcher and Avila did not disappoint. He hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs, earning an All-Star berth and a Silver Slugger Award.
It was quite an improvement from the 2010 season in which Avila hit just .228 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs.
But Avila doesn't plan to rest on his laurels.
"There's always areas you can improve," Avila said. "And I'm always trying to improve in every aspect. As far as numbers-wise and production, all that kind of stuff, at least in my mind, you can't really think about that because it's something you can't really control as far as the results.
"The way you can control it is the amount of work and your work ethic and your preparation. If you do all that ...