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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ian Kinsler finished 4-for-5 with two RBI in the Indians' 9-6 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Kinsler tallied four singles and scored three runs in a high-scoring game at Cleveland's Progressive Field. The 32-year-old second baseman is now 10-for-22 (.455) with eight runs and seven RBI through five games this season. And the Tigers are off to a 5-0 start. Apr 11 - 8:47 PM

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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in a blowout win over the Twins on Wednesday.

He plated a pair with a single in the first and then added RBI in the fourth with another single and the fifth with a sacrifice fly. It was a big day all around for the Tigers' offense as they outscored the Twins 11-0 and outhit them 15-4. Anthony Gose (3-for-6, three RBI), Miguel Cabrera (2-for-4, two RBI), Alex Avila (1-for-1, four runs) and Jose Iglesias (4-for-4, three runs) were also offensive stars.
Apr 8 - 4:26 PM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles on Friday to raise his spring average to .415.

Kinsler has had a brilliant spring, with two homers, two triples and seven doubles in 53 at-bats. He's set to serve as the Tigers' No. 2 hitter, which should lead to a ton of runs scored, if not RBI.
Apr 3 - 4:39 PM

Ian Kinsler returned to action Tuesday and homered against the Nationals.

Kinsler missed four days because of left shoulder soreness. He's 6-for-18 with two homers and three walks this spring. The three walks approximately matches his total from the final four months of last season.
Mar 17 - 4:28 PM

Ian Kinsler (shoulder) is expected to return to Tigers' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday.

Kinsler has been sidelined for the past couple of days with some mild left shoulder soreness. He offered to play Monday against the Cardinals, but it's a road game in Jupiter, Florida and the Tigers didn't want him to have to make the trip. The veteran second baseman should be close enough to full health on Opening Day.
Mar 16 - 10:36 AM

Ian Kinsler (shoulder) will not play in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

Kinsler admitted he was feeling better on Sunday and offered to travel with the team, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wanted to give him an extra day to rest. Expect him back in the fold on Tuesday.
Mar 15 - 4:58 PM

Ian Kinsler was scratched from Friday's lineup due to left shoulder soreness.

The Tigers are calling him day-to-day for the time being and are offering no other details. Although it doesn't appear to be a serious concern at this point, a shoulder injury just a few weeks prior to Opening Day is obviously not ideal. The Tigers can't afford any more health concerns.
Mar 13 - 12:42 PM

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer and walked as the Tigers' No. 3 hitter Tuesday against the Orioles.

Manager Brad Ausmus hasn't committed to Kinsler in the leadoff spot this year, though it's hard to imagine him hitting lower than second as long as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are healthy. One option would be to lead him off against righties and let him hit second behind Rajai Davis against lefties. Avila was the No. 2 hitter today.
Mar 3 - 4:33 PM

Ian Kinsler had a rough afternoon at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, going hitless in four at-bats.

Kinsler was a spark plug atop the Tigers lineup in the regular season, but struggled to get anything going against the Orioles in the ALDS. He finished just 1-for-12 (.083) with no RBI and three strikeouts.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to pace the Tigers offense on Sunday.

Kinsler was a liability offensively during the second half, but he came through today. He ended up with four homers in his final 14 games, which is more than he had the previous 2 1/2 months combined. Despite his struggles getting on base, he'll be the Tigers' leadoff man in the ALDS.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with two RBI while reaching base four times in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

Kinsler doubled in a run in the seventh and singled in a run in the eighth while also drawing a pair of walks. It's been a poor second half for the second baseman, but he now has two-straight multi-hit games and has driven in 89 runs for the season while spending almost all of the year hitting first or second.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and scored the game-winning run in Tuesday's 4-3 walk-off win against the White Sox.

Kinsler knocked in the Tigers' second run of the game and the first of two in the seventh inning. He then came around to score on Miguel Cabrera's walk-off single in the ninth inning to help the Tigers maintain their lead in the AL Central. Kinsler is hitting .274/.305/.417 with 16 home runs, 87 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 97 runs scored on the season.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Ian Kinsler hit his 16th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Kinsler hit the solo shot off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie in the third inning, his only hit in four at-bats. His 86th RBI tied a career high, and he's got 96 runs scored on the year. It's been a strong first year in Detroit for the 32-year-old.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Ian Kinsler homered and drove home three runs on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 10-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

Kinsler doubled home James McCann in the fourth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 5-0, then smashed a two-run homer off Louis Coleman in the fifth. He's enjoying a terrific season offensively, slashing .276/.308/.418 with 15 long balls and 85 RBI.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 01:23:00 AM

Ian Kinsler went 0-for-5 against the Twins in Wednesday's loss.

Kinsler has escaped the criticism given to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, but he's been among the Tigers' biggest liabilities lately, with a .239 average and a horrible .265 OBP in 314 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's walked a total of 27 times in 151 games this year, down from 51 in 136 games last year and a high of 89 in 155 games in 2011. As a result, he's set to finish with easily the worst OBP of his career, even though he's hitting right at his career average.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson