Kipnis enjoys playing at historic Fenway Park

Kipnis enjoys playing at historic Fenway Park

BOSTON -- You will not hear Jason Kipnis complain about playing in Fenway Park. The century-old stadium has suited the second baseman just fine.

"I don't know if I just see the ball well here or what," Kipnis said, "but I definitely enjoy playing here."

During Thursday's 8-3 win over the Red Sox, Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. His third-inning blast off Josh Beckett marked the fourth homer Kipnis has launched in five career games in Boston's beloved ballpark.

Overall, Kipnis headed into Friday's contest hitting .381 (8-for-21) with four home runs, one double, four RBIs and seven runs scored in his brief taste of the Back Bay. Last season, Kipnis' first four career home runs came in four consecutive games from July 31-Aug. 3. The final three in that stretch came in Boston.

Asked if Fenway Park fit Kipnis' swing, manager Manny Acta smiled.

"I think Kipnis' swing fits every ballpark in America," Acta said. "It started fitting all the way from [Arizona State] in college. He never played in this park when he was our Minor League Player of the Year back-to-back years, so his swing fits pretty good everywhere."

On the season, the 25-year-old Kipnis has hit .270 with six home runs, three doubles, three triples, six stolen bases, 21 runs and 21 RBIs through 31 games.