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.
Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a double and home run in Saturday's 8-4 loss to Kansas City. He scored twice and drove in two. Kinsler was the lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable outing. The dinger was his 18th of the season, second most by a second bagger in the American League. Kinsler sits behind only Seattle's Robinson Cano in that category and at 34, he is firmly entrenched in the top-10 second basemen in all of baseball.
Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Royals. Kinsler led off the game with his 17th blast of the year in a winning effort. He's now hit safely in five of his last six games and he's slashing .292/.349/.497.
Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Rays. The home run was his second in as many days, 14th of the season and the 200th of Kinsler's career. The 34-year-old is now hitting a robust .293/.352/.502 on the year and is on pace for his highest SLG and OPS since 2008.
Kinsler, who had been just 14-for-73 (.192) since his last home run on June 13, powered his 15th home run of the season over the left field wall in Saturday's win over Tampa. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Kinsler, who just turned 34, is in the middle of one of his best offensive seasons (.291/.348/.489) with 15 home runs, 50 RBI, 65 runs and eight stolen bases. His 15 dingers are the most by a Tigers' second bagger before the All-Star break since 1998 (Damon Easley had 19).
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