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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: 9 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 49.71
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Ian Kinsler gets team off to strong start in Friday disaster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler proved to be one bright spot in a night of darkness for the Tigers on Friday night in Minnesota.

Kinsler began what turned out to be a disaster with a home run and added a single. He has five hits and four runs scored in the last four games combined, but he has lost nine points on his batting average over the last two weeks.


Ian Kinsler added to All-Star game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been named a replacement for the injured Victor Martinez on the American League All-Star roster, FOX Sports reports. Kinsler is batting .307 with 11 homers and 50 RBI in 368 at-bats.

Ian Kinsler slugs 11th home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-1 win over the Rays Thursday.

Kinsler hit one of three home runs in the first inning for the Tigers, who coasted behind the early power and a great performance by starter Max Scherzer. The second baseman has hit .306/.342/.487 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI and nine stolen bases in 343 at-bats.


Ian Kinsler clubs ninth-inning home run in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler came through in the ninth inning Saturday, smacking a three-run home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

The Tigers entered the ninth down 2-1, and Kinsler delivered his 10th home run of the season with two outs and two runners in scoring position. He finished the day 2 for 4, knocking his 25th double of the year earlier in the game. Kinsler has hit .303/.343/.489 with 10 home runs, 42 RBI and eight stolen bases in 325 at-bats.


Ian Kinsler drives in three, homers vs. former mates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler got some revenge on his former team Tuesday, in an 8-2 win over the Rangers.

Kinsler, who was traded away by the Rangers this offseason, got the Tigers on the board with a first-inning solo home run. He ultimately drove in three runs while going 2 for 5 with one run scored in an 8-2 win.

Kinsler's average has dipped below .300 thanks to a subpar June, though a recent stretch of seven hits in three games has him back up to .295 overall. He has nine home runs and 38 RBI, while ranking fifth in the American League with 51 runs scored.    


Ian Kinsler bracing for rude reception in Texas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Second baseman Ian Kinsler on Tuesday will make his first appearance in Arlington, Tex., as a member of the Tigers. Kinsler was quoted in an ESPN The Magazine article saying he hoped the Rangers, his former team, would go 0-162, but said the comment was taken out of context, per ESPN.com.

"If people want to boo me for saying something bad about the front office, that's their prerogative," Kinsler told MLB.com. "I guess we'll see."

Kinsler went 6 for 14 with three RBI and four runs scored in the weekend series against Cleveland and is batting .294 with eight homers and 35 RBI.


Ian Kinsler clubs homer No. 8


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler was one of three players to go deep Saturday, in a 5-4 win over the Indians.

Kinsler clubbed one of the team's three solo home runs in the seventh inning, one of his two hits in the game. He scored twice and drove in one run while going 2 for 5 in the extra-innings win.

Kinsler is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats, to go with a .778 OPS.


Ian Kinsler gets first day off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was not in the starting lineup Monday for the first time this season. He had started all previous 46 games. Danny Worth replaced Kinsler, who's hitting .330 with four homers and 22 RBI.


Ian Kinsler remains red-hot with three-double Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Torrid Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler smashed three doubles Friday night to increase his total to 17 on the season. He scored after all three to give him 34 runs on the year. That ranks ninth in the majors.

Kinsler has skyrocketed his batting average from .300 to .326 with a 13-for-29 stretch covering his last six games. He is on a nine-game hitting streak.


Ian Kinsler records first four-hit game as a Tiger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler continued to swing a hot bat on Sunday, collecting four of his team's 15 hits in a 6-2 victory over the Red Sox in Boston. It was his first four-hit game as a Tiger.

Kinsler singled in the first, doubled in the third, reached on an infield single in the fifth and singled again in the ninth. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored, improving his batting average to .328 on the year. He has four homers, five stolen bases and 20 RBI in 165 at-bats.


Ian Kinsler goes yard in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler reached base three times and slugged his fourth home run of the season in a 3-1 win over the Orioles in Baltimore.

Kinsler took Bud Norris deep for a two-run home run in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference. He added a single and finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .315 with nine doubles and 19 RBI in 143 innings.

Ian Kinsler totals 10th multi-hit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler finished April with a two-hit performance Wednesday against the White Sox. It was his 10th multi-hit game of the season.

Kinsler is batting .283 with a .404 slugging percentage, .718 OPS, two home runs, six doubles, 14 RBI and 16 runs in 23 games.


Ian Kinsler collects three hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler collected three hits Friday against the Angels.

It took Kinsler a while to get things going. After making outs in his first two at-bats, Kinsler singled in the fifth inning. He later added singles in the seventh and eighth inning. Kinsler finished the game 3 for 5, with one run and two RBI.


Ian Kinsler racks up season-high four RBI against Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Tigers second baseman and leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead with one swing of the bat Thursday against Indians right-hander Danny Salazar.

The three-run homer in the fifth inning put his team up to stay and allowed Justin Verlander to earn the victory. He added an RBI single in the sixth.

Kinsler has been consistent and productive since the opening bell. He has seven multi-hit games and boasts a slugging percentage of .519.


Ian Kinsler goes hitless vs. Padres Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and his first walk of the season in his team's 6-0 loss to the Padres Friday.

After leading off for the team's first five games this season, Kinsler has batted second in each of the last three games. The hitless perfomance dropped Kinsler's line to .286/.306/.400 with one home run and three RBI in 35 at-bats.


Ian Kinsler responsible for both runs in Detroit victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Ian Kinsler wasted no time rebounding from a hitless debut Monday with the Tigers. He played the role of hero for his new team Wednesday against American League Central rival Kansas City.

Kinsler appeared to have won the game with his home run off Jason Vargas on the first pitch of the fourth inning, but his team blew its 1-0 lead in the ninth. Undaunted, Kinsler hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to send Detroit fans home happy.

He finished the game with three hits.


Tigers unveil opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his opening day lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff and be followed by right fielder Torii Hunter, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, center fielder Austin Jackson, catcher Alex Avila, third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and left field Rajai Davis.

Jackson has primarily hit leadoff in his career, but after the spring he put together, Ausmus made the decision to hit him in the heart of the order. Jackson hit .429 (24 for 56) with two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 18 spring games.

"The way Austin Jackson hit this spring, he was the best option to bat fifth," Ausmus said.


Ian Kinsler trashes former team


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had some choice words for his former team, according to ESPN.

Kinsler expressed some disappointment about his trade away from Texas, saying there was "no remorse" from the Rangers. Kinsler was upset with the club after he was asked to move to first base in order to make room for Jurickson Profar. While Kinsler said he still has friends on the club, he added that he hopes they go "0-162." He also called general manager Jon Daniels a "sleazeball." 

Kinsler is looking to bounce back after hitting .277/.344/.413 in 545 at-bats last season.


Ian Kinsler hitting leadoff during spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff in the team's first exhibition game, according to mlive.com.

Kinsler came over in a trade during the offseason, and has reportedly gotten into much better shape this season. He's talked about trying to steal more bases this year, and could do that in the leadoff role. Last season, he hit .277/.344/.413 in 545 at-bats.


Ian Kinsler looking to steal more bases


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is hoping to steal more bases this season, according to the Detroit News.

Kinsler reported to camp the slimmest he's been in 10 years. He's hoping his reduced weight will allow him to inject some speed back into his game. Kinsler stole 15 bases last season, which matched his total from an injury-riddled 2010. It was also his lowest total since his rookie season. 

Kinsler hit .277/.344/.413 in 545 at-bats last year.


Blue Jays attempted trades for Ian Kinsler, Brett Anderson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Blue Jays attempted to trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler (then with the Rangers) and pitcher Brett Anderson (then with the A's) earlier this offseason before both players were dealt to different teams (the Tigers and Rockies, respectively) in different deals, Sportsnet reports.

The Blue Jays have been quiet this offseason, but they came close to making a few key trades for the second straight offseason before the Kinsler and Anderson deals fell through earlier this winter. The Rangers and Blue Jays had a deal in place involving Kinsler, but the second baseman had a no-trade clause that "scuttled" the deal. Anderson was nearly acquired for reliever Sergio Santos, but injury concerns with Anderson prevented the Blue Jays from pulling the trigger.

The Blue Jays continue to be "very active and very involved" in their search for starting pitching help.


Ian Kinsler wants to be better on base paths in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) New Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler finished with less than 20 stolen bases in 2013 for just the second time in seven seasons. He admits he was shocked he totaled just 15 stolen bases, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"A little bit of a weird year for me running-wise as far as stolen bases are concerned," he said.

Kinsler said his baserunning abilities haven't changed and he's looking to improve in that area in 2014.

"I think first to third and scoring from second and scoring from first, advancing on balls was pretty much in line with the rest of my career," Kinsler said. "But that’s something that I definitely looked at coming into this offseason and something that I definitely want to improve on because that’s something I pride myself on."


Rangers, Tigers agree to Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Rangers and Tigers have agreed to a deal sending first baseman Prince Fielder to the Tigers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Rangers, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The terms of the deal are not yet known, and there could be an additional player involved in the deal as well as cash considerations. If the trade is completed, Jurickson Profar would take over the starting second baseman job for the Rangers.


Rangers-Tigers discuss Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Rangers and Tigers are discussing a trade involving Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Kinsler is owed $62 million over four seasons, and the team owns a club option for 2018 that would cost an extra $5 million to exercise. The three-time All-Star hit .277/.344/.413 with 13 home runs, 72 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 545 at-bats last season. The Rangers have been trying to clear a logjam in the middle infield that includes Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.

Fielder is owed $24 million annually through the 2020 season and has a limited no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block trades to 10 teams. The five-time All-Star hit .279/.362/.457 with 25 home runs and 106 RBI in 624 at-bats last season.


Rangers may not have room for Ian Kinsler


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/6/2013) FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are considering trading second baseman Ian Kinsler this offseason. The team is looking for a way to create an everyday role for 20-year-old Jurickson Profar, who played second base, third base, shortstop and left field in 2013.

Kinsler, who could also shift to first base to make room for Profar, finished this season with a .277 batting average, 13 home runs, 72 RBI and 15 stolen bases.