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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Royals.
Kinsler swatted the two-run shot off Danny Duffy in the third inning. It was his 18th home run of the year, giving him 55 RBI. He's also scored 75 runs, second-most in the American League. The second baseman is hitting .294/.351/.508 overall. Jul 16 - 11:36 PM

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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in the Tigers victory on Friday.

In a battle of Ians, Kinsler took Kennedy over the wall in the first inning. It was his 17th home run of the season. He is tied for third in the majors with 73 runs scored. The 34-year-old remains one of the best five-category fantasy performers.
Jul 15 - 11:20 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Kinsler's two-run homer in the ninth inning boosted the Motor City Kitties to a 5-1 lead and essentially put the game to rest. He has now rocked 16 homers on the season. That is already more than the 11 he cracked last season. He last surpassed 20 homers in 2011, when he swatted a career-best 32 of them. 20 should be a lock in 2016 if he can stay healthy in the second half. It isn't inconceivable that he could make a run toward that career-high, either.
Jul 3 - 4:46 PM

Ian Kinsler hit his 15th home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Rays.

Kinsler took Rays rookie Blake Snell deep in the fifth inning for a solo job. He's already eclipsed the 11 home runs he hit with the Tigers last season, and the 34-year-old has a shot at posting his best offensive season since 2011 if he continues on at this rate. Of course, that would be a 30-homer, 100-RBI, 130-run season, so that may not be probable, but it just goes to show how good he's been in the season's first half. Kinsler is batting .291/.348/.489 with 50 RBI, 65 runs scored and eight steals on the year.
Jul 2 - 7:35 PM

Ian Kinsler is absent from the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for Kinsler. The Tigers have Mike Aviles at second base and Cameron Maybin in the leadoff spot.
Jun 19 - 11:43 AM

Ian Kinsler singled and ripped another home run in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

Kinsler deposited James Shields' second pitch of the game over the left-field wall. He also walked and scored in the second and hit a sacrifice fly in the third. The veteran second baseman has gone deep in three straight games and has already surpassed last season's home run total by three.
Jun 14 - 12:51 AM

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

The Tigers held a tight 2-0 lead for most of the game, with Kinsler's two-run homer in the seventh inning affording them some breathing room by making the score 4-0. He destroyed the Yankees over the last two games of this weekend's series -- in addition to Sunday's fine work, he also clubbed a three-homer and drove in five runs on Saturday. For the season as a whole, the veteran second baseman is slashing a shiny .316/.370/.534 with 13 homers and 42 RBI over 247 at-bats. Kinsler has already surpassed his entire home run tally from 2015 (11).
Jun 12 - 6:22 PM

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run bomb off Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored.

He was also hit by a pitch but emerged unscathed. The home run was the decisive blow in the game. Kinsler is having an excellent season, sporting a studly .317/.370/.527 slash line to go with 12 home runs, 40 RBI, 51 runs scored and seven steals. Those are the type of stats that carry fantasy owners to championships.
Jun 11 - 11:05 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 and had a walk-off RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

The Tigers didn't come up with much offense in this one, but Kinsler had a hand in all of it and it wound up being enough. He doubled in the club's first run in the ninth inning, scored the tying run and then hit a chopper over the third baseman's head in the 10th with the bases loaded to send Tigers fans home happy. Kinsler has been a fantasy beast this season, hitting .320/.371/.524 with 11 homers, seven steals and 35 RBI.
Jun 7 - 11:42 PM

Ian Kinsler is getting the night off Thursday.

Mike Aviles will get the start at second base and bat eighth for the Tigers versus Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda. Cameron Maybin is in the leadoff spot.
Jun 2 - 4:00 PM

Ian Kinsler launched a grand slam in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Angels.

The Tigers trailed 9-2 after four innings, but fought back valiantly. Kinsler did his part when he stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases juiced in the seventh, pounding a Cam Bedrosian offering down the left field line and keeping it fair for the grand slam. That drew the Motor City Kitties to within 9-8. Victor Martinez would tie the game with a solo home run in the eighth, but alas for the Tiger faithful, the Angels would win on a walk-off home run by C.J. Cron an inning later. For the season, Kinsler is slashing a sterling .315/.364/.537 with 11 homers and 28 RBI across 203 at-bats. The veteran second baseman has finished the season with a batting average north of .300 just once in his career. He notched a .319 average in 2008.
Jun 1 - 1:51 AM

Ian Kinsler (flu) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Kinsler missed a couple days of action while he was under the weather. He's at second base and leading off against the A's.
May 27 - 5:23 PM

Ian Kinsler (flu) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Phillies.

Kinsler had to be scratched from Tuesday night's game after experiencing flu-like symptoms and he'll remain on the bench for Wednesday's matinee. Mike Aviles is starting at second base and batting eighth versus Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola. Cameron Maybin will get another turn at leadoff.
May 25 - 10:09 AM

Ian Kinsler was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms.

Mike Aviles will start at second base and Cameron Maybin will bat leadoff versus Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Kinsler is considered day-to-day.
May 24 - 5:17 PM

Ian Kinsler finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Twins.

Kinsler singled and scored in the first inning, smacked an RBI single in the third, and then took Twins reliever Taylor Rogers deep in the bottom of the sixth for a solo shot. The second baseman has now homered in four straight games and he boasts a .319/.367/.554 batting line with 10 homers, 24 RBI, and 37 runs scored in 39 total games this season.
May 18 - 4:18 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Erick Aybar
3Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Casey McGehee
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Matt Boyd
6Daniel Norris
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Anibal Sanchez
8Bruce Rondon
9Kyle Ryan