Kipnis went 2-for-6 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Orioles. Kipnis took Dan Straily deep in the first inning and followed that up with a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Gabriel Ynoa. Those were his first two homers of the season, though he has been hitting better at the dish of late, recording five multi-hit games in his past 10 starts. His line remains a subpar .216/.290/.351 through 107 plate appearances, though he has supplemented that with three stolen bases.
Kipnis is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics. Kipnis has been in the lineup for 18 straight games but has struggled with a .176/.253/.250 slash line with two RBI in 68 at-bats. Mike Freeman will start at the keystone and bat second in Sunday's series finale.
Kipnis will start at second base and bat second Sunday against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Kipnis had batted no higher than fifth in any of the Tribe's past 11 contests, but he'll move into the two hole with Leonys Martin (hamstring) unavailable. The Indians view Martin as day-to-day and are optimistic he'll avoid a trip to the injured list, so Kipnis' move between stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez in the order could prove to be a short-lived one.
Kipnis is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Braves, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Kipnis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in the Indians' 8-4 win Saturday afternoon but will head to the bench for the nightcap. Mike Freeman grabs the start at second base while Francisco Lindor (ankle/calf) makes his season debut at shortstop.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base Tuesday in the Indians' 4-2 win over the Mariners. The Indians have wasted little time in ushering Kipnis back into a prominent role since he was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday. After batting sixth in Monday's series-opening victory, Kipnis served as the No. 3 hitter Tuesday with right-hander Mike Leake on the mound and turned in a productive showing at the dish. With the return of Francisco Lindor (ankle) on the horizon, Kipnis may not stick in the three hole for much longer, but Kipnis probably won't be in store for a substantial drop down the batting order in light of the underwhelming options that typically round out Cleveland's lineups.
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