Kinsler sees All-Star break as a win-win

Kinsler sees All-Star break as a win-win

ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler gave up his lead to Robinson Cano in the latest All-Star Game voting update but could still earn a trip to Kansas City as a reserve. No matter what happens, Kinsler won't mind.

"I'd obviously love to be in the All-Star Game because we're going to have great representation," Kinsler said. "But there's another side to that. I would love to be on a lake with a fishing pole in my hand. I'm not going to be angry or upset."

For the third time this year and for a team-record 24th time in his career, Kinsler led off a game with a home run in Tuesday's win over the Tigers. He is batting .270 with eight home runs, 27 doubles, 36 RBIs, and a Major League-best 54 runs this season. Kinsler's 315 at-bats and 31 multihit games lead the AL.

"It doesn't really wear your body down to go to the All-Star Game," Kinsler said. "It's more draining than physically taxing. You take one batting practice and play, at the most, two or three innings. It's not a big deal, but it's definitely nice to have the four days to do what you want."

Kinsler was named an All-Star in 2008 and '10. He held a slim lead over Cano when the voting results were updated June 18, but when they were calculated again on Monday, Cano had passed Kinsler, leading him by 106,923 votes. Voting for this year's All-Star Game ends Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.