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Ian Kinsler better since 'verbal hug'

5/27/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After Ian Kinsler's second at-bat on Monday, he went into the tunnel area and voiced some frustration.

Manager Ron Washington heard Kinsler and went to check on him. The manager said on the pregame show on 103.3 FM ESPN on Tuesday that he asked Kinsler if he needed a hug, got a chuckle and told him to relax.

"He doesn't tell me anything that I don't know," Kinsler said. "I know he's got my back. But it's nice to hear that when you're going through a time that I'm going through. He was making light of the situation and it makes me realize I need to make light of the situation and just play the game. There was definitely a verbal hug in there somewhere. He joked about it."

Since that point, Kinsler is 5-for-9 with a double and an RBI.

"Whether it relaxed me or not, it was just nice to hear from the manager," Kinsler said. "He knows how frustrated I am. He senses that. Me and Wash are on the same page and understand each other pretty well. To hear something like that from him definitely helps.

"I'm fine. I'm getting comfortable at the plate. I'm finding the barrel more. That's where I want to be. I want to try to stick there. It's a lot of work. You want to continue to work hard and not give up on yourself or the situation. I want to drive through it and keep finding ways to feel comfortable and play better."