Kinsler walking to high on-base percentage

Kinsler walking to high on-base percentage

HOUSTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler walked three times in Friday's 9-3 win over the Astros. He also had a single, raising his on-base percentage to .387. That would be the highest of his career.

Kinsler's .327 on-base percentage in 2009 was the lowest of his career, and that was the focus of much talk in Spring Training. Now he's getting on base, although he has just one home run in 194 plate appearances, leaving him with a .358 slugging percentage.

"It's something every year," Kinsler said. "Unless you hit .380 with a five million on-base percentage and 60 home runs, they'll find something wrong with you. The most important thing is to get on base, score runs and help the team win.

"If you have a ring on your finger at the end of the season, you're not doing anything wrong."

Kinsler is doing that. He took an eight-game hitting streak (11-for-29, .379) into Saturday's game with the Astros, and he is second in the American League in runs scored in the month of June. He trails only teammate Josh Hamilton.

"I'm still working on things and trying to get better," said Kinsler, who missed the first month of the season with a sprained right ankle that still impacts his ability to get out of the batter's box. "I'm trying to find something to be consistent with. Right now, I've found something and hopefully I can stick with it.

"It's not really finding something but just being comfortable and trusting yourself."