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Kinsler talks his way into the lineup

Kinsler talks his way into the lineup

OAKLAND -- Manager Ron Washington wanted to give Ian Kinsler a day off on Wednesday. But Kinsler, who was activated off the disabled list on Friday, talked his way into the lineup.

"I just kept pushing back," Kinsler said. "He told me I was going to get the first day off in Oakland and I asked if we could push it back to [Wednesday]. He said yes. Last night I said could we talk about it and he said yes. We talked about it and I said I was fine."

Washington said he'll try to get Kinsler a game off in the upcoming homestand. The idea is to keep Kinsler fresh and healthy for the entire season. He missed the first four weeks of the season with a sprained right ankle.