Tigers' Kinsler hits leadoff home run, mocks former club Rangers

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

One thing about Ian Kinsler is certain: He doesn’t like his former team, the Rangers, very much. Texas dealt him to the Detroit Tigers during the offseason, looking to add more pop and clear a starting spot for Jurickson Profar.

That move appears to have backfired on the Rangers, at least for the 2014 season. Prince Fielder, the player the Rangers received in return for Kinsler in a rare one-for-one swap last November, is out for the year with a neck injury, and Profar, who has yet to play because of shoulder issues, could also miss the entire season. Meanwhile, Kinsler returned to Arlington for the first time on Tuesday hitting .294/.326/.462 with eight homers in 71 games.

Kinsler took Colby Lewis deep for a leadoff home run on the third pitch of the game and then rubbed salt in the wound when he waved to the Rangers' dugout :

The Tigers are in first place in the AL Central, while the Rangers, thanks in large part to their abundance of injuries, have been one of the most disappointing teams in the majors this year. 

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