ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler scored four runs in Friday's game, giving him 105 on the season. That allowed him to set a new career high, passing his previous best of 102 set in 2008. He also moved into second place in the American League behind Curtis Granderson of the Yankees, who has 126 entering Saturday.
Ultimately, that's what leading off comes down to, scoring runs.
"I think that should be the ultimate barometer at any position in the lineup -- scoring runs and RBIs," Kinsler said. "That's always a goal of mine and will continue to be. But a lot of it is the guys behind you."
Kinsler had three singles in four at-bats on Friday. He walked in the first, lined out hard in his next at-bat and then reached with hits on a slow grounder to shortstop, a popout to right that deflected off the second baseman's glove and a hard grounder up the middle that hit the pitching rubber and caromed into right field.
That raised his average to .248, still the lowest of his career. But he has an .819 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) entering Saturday that is currently the second highest in his six Major League seasons. His 15 home runs since the All-Star break are the most in the AL.
"It's been a weird year," Kinsler said. "I hit a scorching line drive that got caught and three hits that I barely got wood on. That's the way this year has been going. As long as I can continue producing runs, I'm happy with the way I have impacted the game."