Kipnis is out of Thursday's lineup against the Tigers, the Akron Beacon Journal's Ryan Lewis reports. There is a solid chance that Thursday's game will get rained out, in which case the two teams may need to make the game up Monday. If they are somehow able to squeeze the game in, Michael Martinez will start at second base for the Indians and hit ninth Thursday.
Kipnis is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers. This is the game after the Indians clinched the division, so most of the regulars are getting the day off. Michael Martinez will start at second base and hit second Tuesday.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with an RBI ground rule double, walk and run in Friday's 11-4 victory over the Tigers. The second baseman came home twice on Mike Napoli hits and also contributed an RBI ground rule double of his own in the eighth inning, extending the lead to 10-4 at the time. Kipnis' .226/.379/.377 line in September is rather uninspiring, but he has hit safely in three of his last four games.
Kipnis is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins. Kipnis has been held out of the lineup just once since the All-Star break, but he will get a day off Sunday after going 2-for-16 (.125) over his last four games. Michael Martinez will get the start at second base in Kipnis' place.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in an 8-3 win over Miami on Saturday. Kipnis has been a catalyst in the second half for the Tribe, and his two-run blast off Jose Fernandez in the first inning Wednesday set the table for a rout. He is now fifth among second baseman in both homers (22) and OPS (.832).
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