Kipnis displaying offensive prowess for Tribe

Kipnis displaying offensive prowess for Tribe

Kipnis displaying offensive prowess for Tribe
CLEVELAND -- Indians skipper Manny Acta said no player can keep up a .430 batting average for an entire season.

He'll take a two-week stretch, though.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis is hitting .444 over his last 12 games, with 20 hits and nine RBIs during the stretch. He carried an eight-game hitting streak into Saturday's contest against the Rangers.

At last, the Indians have some stability at second base. Since the club traded Roberto Alomar following the 2001 campaign, 34 different players have started a game at the position. Acta hopes that string stops with Kipnis.

"He's been a very good offensive player his whole career and we feel he can contribute a lot to our lineup," Acta said. "He did that last year in over 100 at-bats that he had. He gives us something that we didn't have in the past here, some stability at second base with some pop and some speed. We look forward to watching this guy play every day."

Kipnis played 36 games last year in his first tour of the big leagues. He batted .272 with seven homers and 19 RBIs, and became the second Tribe rookie in franchise history to homer in four straight games.

"He's going to be a double-digits homer guy who is going to pile up the doubles and the extra bases," Acta said. "That's what he's done his whole career. He has a chance to be a good hitter."

Overall this season, Kipnis was hitting .301 with four homers and a team-high 17 RBIs entering Saturday.