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Kinsler collects second 30-30 season of career

Kinsler collects second 30-30 season of career

Kinsler collects second 30-30 season of career
ANAHEIM -- Ian Kinsler stole third base in the fourth inning of the Rangers' 10-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday night, giving him the second 30-30 season of his career.

Kinsler entered the game with 31 home runs and 29 stolen bases. He hit his 32nd home run in the third inning off Angels starter Tyler Chatwood and then doubled in the fourth inning off reliever Jerome Williams.

On a 2-2 pitch to Elvis Andrus, Kinsler stole his 30th base of the season. Kinsler also had 31 home runs and 31 stolen bases in 2009. Only 11 players have had multiple 30-30 seasons in Major League history.

The last to do it was Alfonso Soriano in 2002-03 and again in 2005. Soriano did it in 2005 with the Rangers and is the only other player to go 30-30 in club history.

"It was a little more unexpected than the last time," said Kinsler, wh finished 3-for-5 on Tuesday, falling a triple short of the cycle. "I hit 11 home runs in September -- I've never done that before. But as far as the feeling goes, it's about the same as last time."

Kinsler is the fourth player this season in the 30-30 club, joining the Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Brewers' Ryan Braun.

"It's a pretty cool accomplishment," Kinsler said. "I'm proud of it, but there are still a lot more important things to accomplish this year."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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