Kinsler is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Twins, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Kinsler has struggled a bit lately, going 0-for-15 over his last four games and 1-for-29 in his last eight, so he'll get a day off Wednesday to clear his head. Andrew Romine will man the keystone in his stead and bat ninth.
Kinsler went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Sunday against the Rangers. Kinsler's continuing his amazing season as he's posted two homers, three steals and 16 hits in 12 games to raise his slash line to .290/.346/.492 on the year. He currently has his second highest OPS of his 10-year career as a 34-year-old.
Kinsler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets. Kinsler had started every game for the Tigers since June 20, so manager Brad Ausmus likely just wanted to give the veteran a rest to preserve his body for the final two months of the season. Andrew Romine will cover the keystone while Kinsler enjoys the day off.
Kinsler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the White Sox. He led off the home half of the first inning with a game-tying homer, No. 21 on the season and his first since July 21. The 34-year-old Kinsler is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career (if not the best), as he ranks second in the AL in runs scored with 86, and is on pace to reach the 30-homer, 90-RBI thresholds in the same season for the very first time.
Kinsler joined the 20-homer club Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot in a rain-shortened win over the White Sox. A 20-homer man three times in his first six seasons, Kinsler had failed to reach that mark in four consecutive campaigns coming into this year, but he's gotten there bright and early this time around. If the ball is juiced now, as some observers have speculated, it's certainly been to Kinsler's benefit. He's in the midst of his most well-rounded offensive season yet.
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