Tag:Ian Kinsler
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:23 pm

Report: Kinsler's suspension overturned

Ian Kinsler Ian Kinsler's one-game suspension has been overturned on appeal, ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durnett reports .

Kinsler told Durrett he expects to hear word of his appeal later today.

Kinsler was suspended one game on Tuesday for returning to the field to celebrate Nelson Cruz's walk-off homer on Friday after he'd been ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:37 am

Kinsler bats leadoff for first time in 2010

Ian Kinsler Ian Kinsler used to be the Rangers' leadoff man, serving in that capacity for part of 2007 and all of 2008 and 2009, but until Monday, had never topped the lineup card for Texas in 2010.

That changed as Kinsler attempted to snap the Rangers' three-game losing as leadoff man. While he was unable to help Texas emerge with a victory, he went 1 for 5 and demonstrated a liking for the lineup change.

"I still like hitting in the first inning because I think that's where I'm at my best," Kinsler told the Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram . "My goal is to touch home plate as many times as I can in the game. Obviously that takes the guys behind me, but you can't score unless you get on base. That's my main goal."

Kinsler may not last in his new home as manager Ron Washington plans to slot Cristian Guzman in the spot as Elvis Andrus recuperates from a tight right hamstring. When Guzman doesn't play, Kinsler probably will appear at the top.

Andrus is likely not to play the entire Jays series, which runs through Thursday. Andres Blanco drew the start at short Monday and batted ninth.

So where else could the second baseman hit? Third is his usual home, but he's appeared at fifth and sixth since returning from the disabled list last week.

"Today the way the lineup shook, Kins was my perfect choice," Washington said. "He's done it. He's hit third, but I don't feel like he's totally there yet as far as having at-bats as far as the DL. He can still go up there and he has a good eye. If he sees a pitch he likes, he can still get you one run."

The 28-year-old has had a lost season, appearing at the plate 354 times for a line of .300/.388/.426, not displaying the power that sent him to 31 bombs in 2009 and 41 doubles the year previous. He also swiped 31 bags in 2009 to become a 30-30 player, but is at just seven home runs in 2010 with 10 stolen bases. He missed a month with a left groin strain in August and began the year on the DL with a right ankle sprain.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 11:18 pm

Report: Rangers add key piece in Cantu

Jorge Cantu
Looks like the Rangers are getting their right-handed bat.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins on Thursday agreed to send third baseman Jorge Cantu to Texas for right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. The deal had been rumored to be on the brink for a couple of days. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says via Twitter that the Marlins will pay $600,000 of the $2.18 million left on Cantu's contract. The Rockies and Giants had also been rumored to be pursuing him.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is saying the deal is not quite done, and as of this writing, Cantu is still playing in the Marlins' game against the Giants in San Francisco. It's customary for a player who is even close to being traded to be held out or removed from a game to guard against injury.

(UPDATE: Cantu was removed from the game in the eighth inning.)

Texas has a healthy 7 1/2-game lead in the American League West, but the Rangers feel like they might finally have a real championship contender on their hands and are trying to bolster any weak spots. Their biggest weak spot is at first base, where the departure of Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal left them with the seriously underperforming Chris Davis (.188, four RBI and no homers in 31 games). They've been trying to find a right-handed hitter to platoon with him.

Cantu has been primarily a third baseman in Florida but has played 238 career games at first and should have little problem adjusting. He also has played 218 games at second, and the Rangers have a need there right now until Ian Kinsler returns from the disabled list (groin strain).

Cantu is batting .259/.308/.408 with 10 homers and 54 RBI -- not overwhelming numbers but a definite upgrade from Davis. And it's quite an accomplishment by Texas GM Jon Daniels to get the Marlins, not exactly known for throwing money around, to cover part of Cantu's salary.

The prospects, Reed and Poveda, are both Double-A level pitchers, and Poveda, a starter, is on the disabled list after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Reed, a late-inning reliever, is 1-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 30 games for Double-A Frisco.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: So much for the idea of a left-right Davis-Cantu platoon at first. After Thursday night's game, the Rangers sent Davis to Triple-A to make room for Cantu on the roster.

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