Kinsler stealing way into history books

Kinsler stealing way into history books

Kinsler stealing way into history books
ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler went into Tuesday night's game with stolen bases in three straight games. The last Rangers player to steal a base in three straight games was Otis Nixon in 1995.

Kinsler, who entered the day with 19 stolen bases on the season and 125 for his career, needed one more stolen base for two things to happen. It would be his fourth 20-steal season, matching Oddibe McDowell and Bump Wills for the most in club history. It would also move him past Dave Nelson and into third place for the most steals in club history.

Wills owns the record with 161. Wills also owns the single-season record with 52 in 1978. That is still the oldest major single-season offensive mark in the Rangers' record book.

Kinsler has a career success rate of 86.2 percent that is the best in Rangers history among players with at least 120 attempts. By the way, Craig Gentry began Tuesday 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts as a Major Leaguer. That's the highest ever by a Rangers player without being caught once.