There might not have been a more disappointing player for the Texas Rangers last season than second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Kinsler had a terrible year by his standards — offensively and defensively, as well as on the bases.
It's just Cactus League play, but Monday night's game could have been the big game Kinsler needed to get on his way to breaking out of a long drought at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a home run and made two big defensive plays at second base.
Kinsler had two line-drive singles to go with a two-run blast to left field and also scored twice. He made two nice stops defensively, including a flashy back-handed stop to start a a double play in the Rangers' 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Ariz.
Last season, Kinsler struggled all the way around, hitting just .256 with a lackluster .326 on-base percentage as the team's leadoff hitter while committing 18 errors to tie a career-high after two straight stellar seasons in the field in 2010 and 2011.