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3 Ian Kinsler 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 6/22/1982 | Birthplace: Tucson, AZ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Missouri | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 62.75
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Red-hot Ian Kinsler hits walk-off home run for Tigers on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/6/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler played hero on Thursday, as he crushed a two-run walk-off home run in the 8-6 win over the Royals. Kinsler, who went 2 for 3 with three RBI in the game, took a Ryan Madson pitch over the left-field wall in the ninth inning to give the Tigers the victory.

It was Kinsler's sixth home run of the year, and the second walk-off blast of his career. The first one came back in 2009 with the Rangers. 

Kinsler has been on fire at the plate recently, as he's batting .436 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI over his past 10 games.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler collects four hits in Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 4 for 5 at the plate during Friday's 8-7 loss to the Orioles.

Kinsler scored two runs and also drove in one run. Over his last 12 games, Kinsler is hitting .407 with two home runs and seven RBI.


Ian Kinsler has three hits for Tigers in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3 for 5 in Friday's loss to Boston. 

Kinsler tripled and drove in a run. He's hit in the last five games and has multi-hit games in all five. He's 13 for 25 over the streak for a .520 average.


Torrid Ian Kinsler helps Tigers top Seattle on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) White-hot Tigers third baseman Ian Kinsler enjoyed what is becoming a typical night at the plate Wednesday against Seattle.

Kinsler ripped two doubles and two singles in an easy win. He scored twice and drove in a run in the third. It marked his first four-hit game since May 8.

He is batting .425 (17-for-40) over his last 10 games with three home runs and nine runs scored.


Tiges 2B Ian Kinsler hits two home runs in win over Mariners


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/20/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's win over the Mariners.

Kinsler is hiting .400 with 12 hits, three doubles, three home runs and six RBI over his last eight games.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler ejected for spiking bat near home plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from Sunday's game against the Orioles in the third inning for slamming his bat to the ground twice on his way to first base, according to MLive.com.

Kinsler did not seem happy with a 2-0 pitch from Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez that was called a strike. Kinsler stepped out of the batter's box, took his helmet off and took his time before stepping back in.

On the next pitch, he flew out to center field and was ejected even before the baseball was caught. He broke his bat by slamming it to the ground and spiked the bat into the ground in the direction of home plate. Umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected Kinsler as the bat came to rest in the dirt near home plate.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus got between Kinsler and Gonzalez. Kinsler then made his feelings known to crew chief Fieldin Culbreth, who was the second base umpire Sunday.

Kinsler, who was hitless in two at-bats, was ejected from a game for the eighth time in his career.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler doubles, homers in win over Twins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler settled for just extra-base hits whenever he came to the plate during his team's win over the Twins on Thursday.

Kinsler went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He started the scoring off with a solo home run to left center field in the first inning.

Kinsler is hitting .343 with 11 hits, two doubles, a home run and eight RBI over his last eight games.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler finally gets rare day off on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is being held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners. Kinsler had started all but one of the Tigers' games this season, including each of the last 36 contests.

Kinsler has been swinging the bat fairly well lately, hitting .304 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI over his last 10 games.

Andrew Romine will cover the keystone position and bat eighth with Kinsler getting the day off on Wednesday.


Ian Kinsler gets three hits, two RBI for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs in Saturday's win over Toronto. 

Kinsler is 7 for 13 over the last three games. He has seven RBI over the last eight games and has 34 on the season. 

Kinsler also scored and was caught stealing for the third time this season. 


Kinsler, Cespedes atop Tigers lineup Friday; Gose hits eighth


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus decided to shake up his lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, as catcher Alex Avila returned from the disabled list and with Detroit also looking to end a three-game losing streak.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler moved into the leadoff spot for just the second time this season and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit second for the first time. 

Anthony Gose, who has hit leadoff a team-high 48 times this season, moved down to the eighth spot in the lineup.

Avila hit sixth upon his activation from the disabled list.


Tigers' Ian Kinsler busts out of slump with three-hit game Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the 8-4 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. This was Kinsler's first three-hit game since June 16, and he is batting .239 with one home run and six RBI over his last 10 games. 

Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler hits second home run in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler homered during an 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Kinsler hit a two-run homer off Carlos Rodon in the first inning.

Kinsler has just two home runs on the season, with both coming in his last 23 games. He is batting .226 (21 for 93) with three doubles, eight RBI, 15 runs, eight walks and 17 strikeouts in his last 23 games.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler slams two hits Monday, but still lacks power


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) It had been nearly two weeks since Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler managed a multi-hit game heading into the series opener Monday night in Cleveland. But the sight of an Indians uniform seems to perk up all the Tigers - and it did so again.

Kinsler smacked two singles and scored twice in the victory. It marked his first multi-hit game since June 10 and ended a 4-for-31 slide that had shrunk his average from .281 to .263 and his slugging percentage to .346, its lowest point since April 23.

He has just one extra-base hit since June 9 and one homer all year after averaging nearly 20 in his first nine big-league seasons.


Ian Kinsler hits in seventh straight for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-4 day in Friday's win over Cleveland. 

Kinsler scored a run in the game.


Tigers' Ian Kinsler drives in two runs in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. 

Kinsler went 2 for 4, hitting in his fifth straight game, including three multi-hit games in a row. 

Kinsler had his 14th double of the year and reached 25 RBI. 


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler starting to heat up


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/8/2015) A move in the batting order has started to pay dividends for Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who has a modest four-game hitting streak. 

Since being dropped to fifth in the lineup behind sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes, Kinsler has hit safely in four of six games, a boost to a Detroit offense that has been struggling to score runs. In three of his last four games, Kinsler has two hits. 

Kinsler is hitting .280 in June, but has just one RBI. This season, he is hitting .272 with one homer and 23 RBIs. 


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler dropped to fifth in lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) For just the second time this season, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler wasn't hitting second in the batting order Tuesday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus opted to drop Kinsler to fifth in the batting order vs. Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman.

Jose Iglesias moved into the second spot in the batting order Tuesday.

“Things weren’t working,” Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. “I tried to find some way we could mix it up."

The only other time Kinsler didn't hit second when he was in the starting lineup was April 27 when he hit leadoff against the Twins. Kinsler has had just one day off (May 26) this season.

Kinsler has been mired in an offensive slump the last few weeks, batting .111 in his last 12 games. In his career batting fifth, Kinsler is hitting .293 with two home runs, 12 doubles, 10 RBI and 19 runs in 33 games.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler rips first home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 1 for 5 at the plate in Detroit's 8-6 loss to the Angels on Saturday. Kinsler did his damage in the ninth inning when he blasted an offering from Huston Street out of the park for a solo home run, his first of the season.

Kinsler is now hitting .270 with 22 RBI on the year.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler gets first day off in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is getting his first day off this season on Tuesday against the A's. Kinsler had been struggling at the plate, hitting just .211 (8 for 38) over his last 10 games. He is also hitless over his last 17 at-bats, so manager Brad Ausmus opted to use Tuesday to give Kinsler a rest.

Hernan Perez is getting the start at second base while batting ninth in the order. 


Tigers' Ian Kinsler continues hot May with two hits Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base in his team's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals Sunday.

It was the 18th multihit performance of the season for Kinsler, which places him in a tie with Dee Gordon for second place, sitting one behind Matt Carpenter's 19 multihit games.

"He's a huge part of the offense at the top of the order in the two-hole," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "He's a smart baseball guy."

Kinsler has yet to homer on the second but has managed four multihit performances in his last six games. He has hit .318/.386/.411 with 19 RBI, 25 runs scored and five stolen bases in 151 at-bats.


Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler stays hot with double, triple on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler continued his hot hitting in Thursday's victory over the Twins. Kinsler had two hits (a double and a triple) in five at-bats. He also drove in a run and scored a run and now has 15 hits in his last 10 games. 

Tigers' Ian Kinsler dominating righties in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has hit .344/.423/.433 with two stolen bases in 90 at-bats against right-handers this season.

Kinsler's success has been driven in part by a .392 BABIP against righties, but he's shown a very different approach at the plate in 2015, drawing 16 walks while striking out 17 times in 125 at-bats. The second baseman managed just 29 walks while racking up a league-high 684 at-bats last season. While his .376 slugging percentage would represent a career-low mark, his .380 on-base percentage is 73 points higher than last year's .307 mark and fits his role as the team's No. 2 hitter.


Tigers planning days off for Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Ian Kinsler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he plans to find days off for some of his regulars who haven't missed a game yet this year. 

Miguel Cabrera has started every game at first base. Ian Kinsler has been a fixture at second, and one day at DH is the only thing that kept Yoenis Cespedes out of left field this season. 

"Absolutely (a day off) can help," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Even if you're not struggling, just to not have to think about every pitch every at-bat, you just kind of sit back for a day and watch the game until you're called upon to go into it. It's almost like going to a spa for the day. It's mentally relaxing."


Tigers' Rajai Davis out of lineup, Ian Kinsler leading off Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is out of the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Twins.

"He doesn't feel the tightness anymore," manager Brad Ausmus said, per Mlive.com. "It was tightness. He didn't pull or strain anything. But he felt it tighten up, so he was concerned if he tried to run hard something would give. So it was probably wise that he came out of the game, because he feels good [Monday]. We'll give him the day and just see how he's doing."

Davis left Sunday's game due to groin tightness, keeping him from reprising his normal role as leadoff man against southpaws. Instead, the Tigers will use second baseman Ian Kinsler in the leadoff role, with shortstop Jose Iglesias moving up to the second slot.

"I do think hitting leadoff's a little different," Ausmus said, "and Kinsler's done it many times before. That's the only reason."

It's the first time this season Kinsler has batted anything other than second, but he's no stranger to the leadoff spot, having made 745 of his 1,236 career starts atop the lineup. Iglesias, however, has batted eighth or ninth in each of his starts this season. He's made three career starts in the No. 2 slot, going 5 for 12 with one walk.

The Tigers are heavy road favorites (-155) in Minnesota Monday.


Ian Kinsler drives in insurance run in Tigers win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Ian Kinsler continued his hot start to the season with an RBI in the Tigers' 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

Kinsler went one for five and drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. 

Kinsler now has eight RBI for the season and is hitting .382.