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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
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Ian Kinsler returned to the Tigers' lineup Tuesday against the Athletics.
He took a seat Monday while dealing with flulike symptoms. Fortunately the illness only cost him one game. He'll hit in his usual leadoff spot against A's left-hander Rich Hill. Anthony Gose is starting in center field for Tyler Collins, who made headlines for giving Detroit fans the middle finger on Monday night. Apr 26 - 3:42 PM

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Ian Kinsler was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Athletics due to flu-like symptoms.

He should be fine in the next day or so. Mike Aviles will start at second base while Jose Iglesias will bat leadoff.
Apr 25 - 5:32 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

The Tigers were shut out in the game, with Kinsler recording two of the team's five hits. He's now hit in nine straight and has four consecutive multi-hit games. That all translates to a .365/.388/.603 line with four homers, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored on the year.
Apr 21 - 11:13 PM

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, a solo shot off Ryan Vogelsong, on Wednesday night versus the Pirates.

Kinsler only had three home runs at the All-Star Break a year ago, but already has three homers by the second week of April in 2016. He's hitting .355/.382/.677 and gets the benefit of hitting atop a potent Tigers' lineup. The 33-year-old may struggle to reach double-digit stolen bases again this year; however, the increased power production should more than compensate for that.
Apr 14 - 12:34 AM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Kinsler had arguably the two biggest hits of the night, slugging a three-run homer in the second inning and popping a go-ahead RBI single in the 11th. About the only mistake he made was getting picked off after collecting said single. Kinsler will turn 34 in June and is clearly past his peak, but he should still offer nice fantasy production from atop a powerful Tigers lineup.
Apr 5 - 11:39 PM

Ian Kinsler mashed his fourth Grapefruit League home run on Monday against the Yankees.

The game was scoreless when Kinsler went back-to-back with Justin Upton in the sixth inning off of Nick Goody. The Tigers' second baseman has driven in 15 runs and is batting .273 this spring to go along with his four longballs. He'll be Detroit's leadoff hitter again in 2016.
Mar 28 - 8:33 PM

Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer off the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday.

Kinsler almost always has good springs, and he is 5-for-15 with two homers so far this year. He doesn't figure to be quite as productive this year as he was last season, but he should be among the AL leaders in runs scored while hitting at the top of Detroit's lineup.
Mar 9 - 4:23 PM

Ian Kinsler is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

He's simply getting some rest. Josh Wilson will cover second base.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Ian Kinsler is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

He's getting a rare day off after smacking a walk-off homer Saturday. Andrew Romine is filling in for Kinsler at second base.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Ian Kinsler hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the Tigers to Saturday's 6-5 win over the Royals.

Kinsler had recorded only a measly single through four at-bats heading into the bottom of the 11th, but one swing changed all that as he drove a Miguel Almonte offering deep into the night leading off the frame. The homer wasn't exactly a surprise, though, given Kinsler's recent hot-hitting ways. He's currently working on a baby four-game hitting streak, but more tellingly, he has nine hits in his last 22 at-bats. The veteran second baseman's slashing a very strong .304/.353/.443 with 11 homers and 70 RBI this season.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 11:39:00 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers downed the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.

Kinsler knocked an RBI single in the fourth inning before delivering a big two-run blast in the seventh. The homer, his 10th of the season, ended up being the difference in the game. It hasn't been a great year for the Tigers as a whole but the 33-year-old is doing his part, batting .306/.357/.452 with 64 RBI, 84 runs scored and eight steals through 129 games.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 12:30:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 04:34:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:47:00 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.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 10:49:00 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.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 02:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Blaine Hardy
6Drew VerHagen
7Kyle Ryan
8Angel Nesbitt