Kinsler playing solid defense, but in a slump

Kinsler playing solid defense, but in a slump

DETROIT -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler went into Thursday's game hitless in his last nine at-bats and with just one hit in his last 30 at-bats. It's not a subject that Kinsler is eager to talk about.

"There's really nothing to say about it," Kinsler said.

On the flip side, his defense has been excellent. He has not committed an error since June 21 and has just two in his last 72 games. Because of his ability to turn the double play, the Rangers lead Major League Baseball in double plays. They turned three on Wednesday.

But his offense remains a concern because he is the Rangers' leadoff hitter and not just a defensive specialist.

"You know, I don't see much of a difference than when he is on a hot streak," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "It's kind of a combination of things. This series he has had some lineouts and some good at-bats where he's hit the ball hard. But things have kind of snowballed through a tough road trip.

"He is our leadoff guy, and when he's not on base, he's not causing as much havoc because he's not doing the other things he can do. But he'll be fine and get on another hot streak."