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Kinsler Hoping to Build On Performance

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Let's be real, Ian Kinsler isn't close to being hot at the plate again like he was a few weeks back when he watched his average go up by nearly 30 points faster than you can say "first-pitch pop out".

    But he's starting to break out of a pretty bad slump.

    In the past two games, a win and a loss against the lowly Seattle Mariners and their more than lowly pitching, Kinsler has gone 3-for-7 with three walks, three runs, two home runs and four RBIs.

    There's been much discussion this year about Kinsler being in the leadoff spot, and manager Ron Washington has continued to stand by his man, like he always does.

    There's no question Kinsler has the tools to be an effective leadoff man with the rare power, ability to draw walks and ability to steal bases that can make a pretty special bat atop the order, but the leadoff man also needs to be consistent.

    If Kinsler can get hot, and stay warm, he'll have the table set for all the big boppers behind him.