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22 Jason Kipnis 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/195 | Birthdate: 4/3/1987 | Birthplace: Northbrook, IL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 99/99 | Average Draft Position: 106.76
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Indians 2B Jason Kipnis extends hitting streak to seven games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 3 for 5 in Wednesday's win over the Rangers. He extended his current hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning triple, and also scored a run on the afternoon.

During the streak, Kipnis has 12 hits in 29 at-bats, as he's seen his season average rise from .327 to .342 during the seven-game stretch.


Indians' Jason Kipnis continues hot hitting with home run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 1 for 4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to Texas. 

Kipnis hit in his sixth straight game and has driven in runs in four of his last five games. He now has five home runs and 22 RBi on the season. 


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis collects three hits in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 3 for 4 at the plate to lead the Indians to a 7-3 win over the Reds on Friday.

Kipnis scored two runs and also drove in two runs and walked once during the game. He is now batting .337 on the season.

Prior to his three-hit game Friday, Kipnis had been hitting .222 with no RBI in his last five games.


Jason Kipnis lifts Indians with ninth-inning home run


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Second baseman Jason Kipnis crushed a two-run homer of Rangers closer Neftali Feliz to lift the Indians over the Rangers on Saturday.

Kipnis went 3 for 6, overall, in the game with a double.

Indians' Jason Kipnis doubles twice in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 3 for 4, scored once and drove in a run in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. 

Kipnis doubled twice, giving him seven on the year. He drove in his 15th run and brought his average to .308. 


Jason Kipnis goes 3 for 5 in Indians' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 3 for 5 in Sunday's win over Minnesota. 

Kipnis hit his fifth double of the year, as well as his second triple. He scored twice and drove in two runs, giving him 14. Kipnis' average improved to .294. 

Kipnis grounded out in his final at bat, with a chance to hit for the cycle. 

"It's hard not to [try for a home run]," Kipnis said. "I hate those at-bats. I've come close to it a bunch of times. It works a lot easier when the home run is one of the ones already done. [If not], then it's just a [poor] at-bat. You're thinking pull. You're thinking lift. That's not what worked for me. I grounded it right to the first baseman. I've done that enough times to last me a lifetime. I don't need to go back to that."


Indians' Jason Kipnis homers, collects four hits in win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 4 for 5 with a double, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in his team's 10-7 win over the Blue Jays Sunday.

Kipnis was a force throughout the game, opening the scoring with a third-inning solo home run then helping ignite a six-run fifth with an RBI single. He scored later in the inning and again in the sixth to close a spectacular weekend against the Blue Jays, going 8 for 12 with three walks, a double, two home runs and six runs scored in his last three games.

"Getting base hits has helped me a lot," Kipnis said to MLB.com. "April was rough. Things weren't falling. I had some good at-bats, where guys were making good catches, things like that. In May, they're starting to fall for me now. I'm also putting good swings on and not rolling over stuff and we're having better at-bats now."

Kipnis has hit .273/.327/.404 with three home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases in 99 at-bats.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis continues to thrive as leadoff hitter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Not many moves have worked for the Indians this season, but the elevation of Jason Kipnis to the leadoff spot last week is one that has.

Kipnis singled twice, walked twice and scored twice in a Saturday loss to Toronto. He has seven hits, six walks and five runs in seven games since the switch was made.

The second baseman singled and scored in the first, then walked and scored in the third against the Blue Jays.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis launches lead-off home run Friday vs. Jays


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis made quick work to give the Tribe an early run against the Blue Jays on Friday. In the bottom of the first inning, Kipnis took the second pitch thrown by Jays' starter Mark Buehrle over the right-field wall for a lead-off home run.

It was Kipnis' second homer of the season. He also walked and singled in four at-bats Friday as the Indians went on to win 9-4. Over his last 10 games, Kipnis is batting just .238, but has two home runs and six RBI.


Indians' Jason Kipnis hits first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smacked his first home run of the season Wednesday in his team's 7-5 win over the Royals.

Kipnis gave his team a 3-2 lead in the third inning by knocking a ball out to right center field with a pair of men on base. He finished the game 1 for 4 with a walk and four RBI, doubling his RBI total for the season in a single game. Kipnis has hit .232/.278/.305 with one home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 82 at-bats.


Indians' Kipnis, Chisenhall, Santana have good history vs. Guthrie


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, first baseman Carlos Santana and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall all have a pretty good track record against Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who is on the hill Tuesday for Kansas City.

Kipins is batting .550 (11 for 20) with two home runs, three doubles and nine RBI in his career against Guthrie. While Santana is batting .476 (10 for 21) with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI, and Chisenhall is batting .533 (8 for 15) with one double, one home run and five RBI against the veteran right-hander.


Indians' Mike Aviles in, Jose Ramirez out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Indians infielder Mike Aviles is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting second and playing shortstop in his team's matchup with the Tigers.

Aviles is seeing just his second start of the season at shortstop, as most of his work has come in the oufield. He'll take the place of Jose Ramirez, who had started 10 straight games coming into Sunday.

The Indians have also made a change at the top of the lineup, moving second baseman Jason Kipnis to the leadoff spot. Kipnis and Aviles batted 1-2 in the team's last start against a southpaw, and lefty Kyle Lobstein is on the mound of the Tigers Sunday. Center fielder and typical leadoff man Michael Bourn will bat ninth.

The Indians are road favorites (-115) in Detroit Sunday.


Indians' Jason Kipnis continuing to struggle vs. lefties


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hit just .208/.256/.244 in 168 at-bats against left-handed pitchers in 2014, and those struggles have carried over to 2015, as he's just 3 for 22 with one walk against southpaws in the first two weeks of the season.

Kipnis has done a fine job against righties, going 8 for 23 with one walk, one triple and three RBI, but his continued struggles against lefties has limited his overall offensive impact. The second baseman has hit just .244/.271/.289 in 45 at-bats with no home runs and one stolen base. The Indians are set to face lefty John Danks Monday.


Michael Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup, batting third


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the starting lineup and is batting third, behind Jason Kipnis and ahead of Carlos Santana on Friday against the Tigers, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Brantley was sidelined the previous two games with lower back stiffness. He has been held without a hit in four at-bats this season.

Manager Terry Francona told reporters he may sprinkle in some off days for Brantley in the near future after the outfielder acknowledged he's still experiencing some lower back discomfort, per MLB.com.

"We'll keep an eye on him," Francona said. "If he needs a day off or something, we can certainly do that. But we don't ever want to turn something that could be a day or two into two weeks. But it's nice having him in the lineup, that's for sure."


Francona on Jason Kipnis' return: 'That'll really be a big boost for us'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters he was impressed with second baseman Jason Kipnis' performance in his first Cactus League game since March 17, per MLB.com. Kipnis, who returned from back spasms, played five innings and finished 1 for 3 in a 13-2 defeat to Cincinnati.

"Well, he played yesterday (in the minors). He looks good," Francona said. "He's looked good swinging a bat. His ability, when he's healthy, he can impact a game so many ways. You saw he's athletic at second, he can steal a base, swing the bat. We're excited to watch him play healthy. That'll really be a big boost for us."


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis works on minor-league side Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said Wednesday that his injured back is feeling better, and he saw five innings of work in a minor-league game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"The plan is if he feels good tomorrow we'll play him, but we also reserve the right to give him another day," manager Terry Francona said. "But all signs are pointing to him moving around pretty good."

Back spasms have keep the second baseman sidelined for about a week. He's looking to bounce back after a down 2014 season.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) targeting a Thursday return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) is targeting a return to the spring lineup Thursday, per MLB.com. Kipnis has not appeared in a spring game since March 17.

Kipnis will play five innings during a minor-league game Wednesday.


Indians' Jason Kipnis may play minor league game Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is dealing with a back injury, may take part in a minor league game Wednesday, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday according to MLB.com.

Kipnis, who has missed the last five days with back spasms, took 50 swings in the batting cage Monday to test out the injury. He has gone just 4 of 18 at the plate with two doubles this spring.


Indians' Jason Kipnis remains sidelined, won't return Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) will not play Sunday or Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Monday's game will be the fifth he's missed with a back injury. He could see some minor-league action before the team puts him back into the major-league lineup.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis not ready to return to spring lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) is not expected to be back in the spring lineup Sunday, manager Terry Francona said Saturday. He added Kipnis might get some at-bats in a minor-league game before returning to action in MLB spring games, per MLB.com.

Back spasms keep Indians' Jason Kipnis out second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Indians infielder Jason Kipnis missed a second straight game, Friday, with back spasms. 

Manager Terry Francona said it wasn't a major problem. "We've all had it. You make a move and it grabs you and it's not going to let go until it wants to," he said, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Francona seemed doubtful that Kipnis would return on Saturday. "I'd say he's tentative, and I'd bet you it'll be the next day," he said.


Indians' Jason Kipnis scratched Thursday with back spasms


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Mariners due to spasms in the middle of his back, MLB.com reports.

Kipnis is just 4 for 18 with two doubles and three walks this spring. Second-base prospect Erik Gonzalez will get the start at second base instead.


Indians' Jason Kipnis knocks opposite-field RBI single Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 1 for 2 with a walk and an opposite-field RBI single in Monday's game against the Royals, and manager Terry Francona praised his ability to go the other way with a pitch after the game, MLB.com reports.

"When he's swinging the bat really well, he backspins that ball to left field," Francona said. "It's easy to tell guys, 'Nice swing,' but when you get rewarded for it, then all of a sudden, he knows he's got that place to go [to the opposite field]. You start getting balance. You start covering the plate. That's when he becomes really dangerous."

Kipnis dealt with an oblique injury last season that prevented him from properly extending his swing. He's 4 of 16 with two doubles and two walks in six spring appearances.


Indians' Jason Kipnis goes hitless in spring training debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 0-for-2 Saturday in his spring training debut, but the veteran is more concerned about staying healthy for the long haul ahead, reports MLB.com.

"You're always excited your first day back out there," Kipnis said. "A little nerves, a little jitters, but that's just because it's a fun game and you're between the lines and it means a little something. It's just good to get back on your feet."

Kipnis suffered a finger injury while lifting weights during the offseason in addition to an oblique injury.

"Finger's good, body feels great, oblique's great," Kipnis said. "We've gotten over the mental hump of the injuries."

Manager Terry Francona said it was good to see Kipnis out at second base again.

"He's worked hard," Francona said. "Defensively, that was what he could always do, so he's done that a bunch. His hitting has come real quick … It will be fun to watch him get ready for the year. We'll watch how his swings works and how everything feels, but if he ever needs more at-bats or less at-bats we can do all of the above. We just want to get him ready for the year."


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (hand) to make spring debut Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said second baseman Jason Kipnis will make his spring debut Saturday against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in the ring finger on his left hand.