Ian Kinsler sets the table for Rangers

Leadoff hitter and 30-30 man provides spark at the plate, on the bases and in the field

Updated: October 3, 2011, 12:51 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington wouldn't budge. Despite a struggling batting average and some early-season hitting woes, the skipper refused to move Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot.

Fans clamored for a change, tired of watching Kinsler pop up seemingly a few times per game. He wasn't hitting consistently, while Elvis Andrus was finding his stride right behind him in the lineup. Washington answered numerous questions about it and held firm.

"What are ...

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