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Kinsler Getting Back to Early-Season Form

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    Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers.

    Remember how Ian Kinsler started the 2012 season? It was really solid, and awfully becoming of a premier leadoff man in the majors. Since then, his season has been a bit of a rollercoaster, but it's starting to find an upswing again.

    Over the past three games, Kinsler has gotten back to his early-season form and it's no coincidence that the Rangers have won three games by simply outslugging their opponent — something that has been absent at Rangers games over the past month.

    In Thursday's 7-6 win over the Oakland A's, Kinsler had his first four-hit game of the season and added three more runs to his American League-leading total while racking two stolen bases. It was pretty much the quintessential performance for a big-league leadoff hitter, and it put Kinsler at 8-for-14 over the past three games with six runs, two homers and three RBIs and he got his batting average up to a very respectable .280.

    On Wednesday night, Kinsler doubled then scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt-turned bunt base hit from Elvis Andrus, bringing back memories of when the Rangers' offense was clicking on all cylinders.

    So yeah, folks. Don't get too excited yet, but it seems as though the Rangers' offense is coming out of its month-long slumber and Kinsler is playing a big role in that.