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Ian Kinsler still searching for stroke

8/3/2011

DETROIT -- As soon as Ian Kinsler barely missed a two-seam fastball and hit a fly ball to left field, he wrapped his hands tightly around his bat, almost trying to squeeze the life out of it.

The second baseman is clearly frustrated, going 1-for-30 in his last seven games. His average has gone from .255 to .239 in that span. He's 1-for-17 on this road trip and can't seem to get anything going at the plate. It hasn't carried over to his defense, which has been solid all season.

"There's nothing really to say about my offense," Kinsler said. "There's nothing. The more important thing is our team getting back on track. That's it, really. On offense, there's nothing for me to talk about. I'm just going to continue to try to play my game and hopefully when I get back on track the team will be back on track."

Kinsler was 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 5-4 loss, including three at-bats with a runner on. He hit three balls to the outfield in those at-bats and couldn't move any runner over.

Kinsler's issues mirror that of the team. There's been plenty of talk about fundamentals and the Rangers inability to execute them of late. Kinsler isn't sure there's one easy answer to get himself or the team out of its funk.

"If someone knew, they'd be a baseball genius," Kinsler said. "It's not something you can just easily change. You've just got to continue play hard, continue to trust yourself and your teammates. We understand we're a good team and we'll come out of it. That's basically it."

Other notes:

* Give Matt Harrison a little credit. The guy had next to nothing tonight and managed to give his team six innings. The homer in the sixth was what really disappointed him (and kept him from a quality start). But considering that men were on base all the time against him and he put the leadoff batter on base in each of the first five innings, Harrison did well to limit the damage.

"He was strong," Washington said. "He kept us in it."

Harrison said his fastball wasn't working well, so he went to some of his breaking stuff hoping to find the release point on his fastball. His best fastballs were probably to Wilson Betemit to end the sixth inning. But he had already allowed the solo, go-ahead homer to Alex Avila at that point.

* Mike Napoli had yet another homer on Wednesday. He is 30-for-69 (.435) with eight doubles, seven homers and 17 RBIs in 20 games since returning from the disabled list.

* Josh Hamilton had two hits and has a hit in eight straight games, batting .382 in that span.

* Nelson Cruz also had a couple of hits, including a double and an RBI, and is hitting .327 with 25 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs in his last 38 games.