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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ian Kinsler plated the Tigers' lone run as they were obliterated by the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday.
His run-scoring fielder's choice in the third inning was the extent of their offensive output against Drew Hutchison and company. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and is now hitting .307/.358/.449 with 61 RBI in what has been a terrific season for the second baseman. Aug 29 - 4:34 PM

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Ian Kinsler went 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, but the Tigers were defeated by the Reds on Monday.

Kinsler singled and scored in the first and fourth innings, but the Tigers weren't able to keep up with the Reds' offense. The second baseman is on a seven-game hitting streak and holds an .805 OPS, the highest his OPS has been at any point this season after April 15 (Tigers' game number nine). He has a league-leading total of 153 hits and has scored 83 runs while knocking in 59.
Aug 24 - 10:47 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

Kinsler waited until late to do his damage. His three-run homer in the ninth inning cut the Ranger lead to 5-3, but no more runs would score in the frame. The veteran infielder is now working on a five-game hitting streak in which he's amassed 11 hits over 23 at-bats, with three doubles, a triple and two home runs over that small stretch. It's helped to boost his overall season-slash to .305/.356/.444. In addition to those solid numbers, he's also hit eight homers and driven in 59 runs. He's an easy player to overlook, but the numbers he's posting right now are shaping up to be among the best of his career.
Aug 22 - 10:49 PM

Ian Kinsler went 5-for-5 with a double, a sacrifice fly, and a solo home run in Tuesday's win against the Cubs.

Kinsler started the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning against Jason Hammel. He led off the fourth with a double and came around to score. Then, he'd tack on an insurance run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly. It's his first five-hit game since April 15, 2009. Kinsler has been white-hot since the beginning of July, bringing his triple-slash line all the way up to .304/.357/.433 with seven home runs and 55 RBI.
Aug 19 - 2:06 AM

Ian Kinsler was ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Doug Eddings.

Kinsler took exception to a highly questionable called third strike on teammate Jose Iglesias and let Eddings hear his opinion in full. Andrew Romine replaced him at second base.
Aug 16 - 4:47 PM

Ian Kinsler doubled in the eighth inning to spark a comeback win against the Royals on Wednesday.

The Tigers entered the eighth down 4-2, but Kinsler ripped a two-run double to tie the game, and later scored the go-ahead run on a J.D. Martinez single. He finished 2-for-5 on the night. Before two hitless games to open their road series against the Royals, Kinsler had put together four consecutive multi-hit games. On the season, he's hitting .300/.357/.426 with six home runs, 52 RBI, 72 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.
Aug 12 - 11:28 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

Kinsler has four multi-hit games in a row and eight in his last 10. He got his average up over .300 on Saturday and pushed it further above, now hitting .304/.360/.431 with six home runs, 50 RBI, and 70 runs scored in a very underrated season.
Aug 9 - 4:38 PM

Ian Kinsler hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning of Thursday afternoon's 8-6 win over the Royals.

Kinsler hit his game-winner off of Royals reliever Ryan Madson with nobody out in the ninth inning, finishing the contest 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. His power has waned through the years, but he's still posting a respectable season and is currently hitting .296/.353/.422 with six homers, 50 RBI and eight steals.
Aug 6 - 4:59 PM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to overcome the Red Sox on Friday.

Kinsler's RBI single in the third inning plated Jose Iglesias to give the Tigers an early lead, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense. He also swiped his ninth base of the season in the game. Kinsler continues to thrive atop the Tigers lineup, slashing .289/.348/.412 with five homers and 44 RBI on the season.
Jul 24 - 11:01 PM

Ian Kinsler had four hits in five at-bats, scoring twice and knocking in a run as the Tigers beat the Mariners on Wednesday.

Kinsler ripped an RBI double in the third inning, capping off the Tigers' eight-run frame. The second baseman has registered multiple hits in three straight games, including Monday's effort in which he homered twice. The offensive outburst has brought his batting line up to .284/.346/.403 with five home runs, 43 RBI, and 56 runs scored.
Jul 22 - 10:25 PM

Ian Kinsler homered twice in a 2-for-4 effort on Monday as the Tigers eked out a win against the Mariners.

Kinsler gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run off of J.A. Happ. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, he turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead with a two-run blast off of Mark Lowe. Power hasn't been common for him this year, so Monday's effort was a shocker. He has five homers on the year with 42 RBI and a .275/.339/.389 triple-slash line.
Jul 20 - 10:20 PM

Ian Kinsler was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Orioles in the bottom of the third inning.

Kinsler didn't like home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez's strike zone, slamming his bat and then tossing it after flying out. Gonzalez responded by ejecting the second baseman.
Jul 19 - 2:09 PM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with three singles in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

Kinsler was the only Tiger to manage multiple hits and indeed, his three singles represented half of the team's total output. The veteran second baseman is no longer the 20-homer power threat that he was in his youth (he's hit just three this season), but his .274/.339/.375 batting line at least shows that he's remaining patient at the plate as he adjusts to life as a singles hitter.
Jul 12 - 5:18 PM

Ian Kinsler homered, doubled and knocked in three runs against the Twins on Thursday.

The double was inches away from being a second homer for Kinsler, and he assumed it was gone out of the box, though it didn't cost him in this case. He's hitting .281 with seven RBI in seven games since the Tigers moved him into the leadoff spot. Which is nice. Less nice is that he's scored just three runs, failed to walk and gone 0-for-2 stealing bases in those seven games.
Jul 10 - 1:16 AM

Ian Kinsler is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

It's a simple day off. Andrew Romine is at second base in Kinsler's place.
Jul 8 - 1:04 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Tyler Collins
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Buck Farmer
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bruce Rondon
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Drew VerHagen
8Joe Nathan
9Guido Knudson
10Jose Valdez