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04/20/09 6:25 PM ET
Kinsler named co-AL Player of Week
Cycle highlights stellar stretch for Rangers' leadoff star
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The American League co-Players of the Week were on center stage at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week. Ian Kinsler turned in a command performance on Wednesday night when he went 6-for-6 while hitting for the cycle in the Rangers 19-6 victory over the Orioles. Three nights later, Zack Greinke took the mound for the Royals and pitched a seven-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Rangers. Kinsler and Greinke share the AL Player of the Week Award presented by Bank of America. Kinsler had a spectacular week. He batted .556 (15-for-27) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and six stolen bases. He scored nine runs, drove in six more, had a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. "He's incredible," teammate Hank Blalock said. "He's a guy who has a chance to break the game open from the leadoff spot." On the season, Kinsler is hitting .460 with 13 runs scored, four home runs, 14 RBIs and six stolen bases. He leads the Major Leagues with 23 hits, seven doubles, 44 total bases and an .880 slugging percentage. "He's the catalyst, our leadoff guy who sets the tone," manager Ron Washington said. "He still has a lot of upside, but he's turning into the player the organization thought he would be." Kinsler also won the award on April 16, 2007.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.