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08/16/09 12:52 PM ET
Kinsler shakes off beaning, back in lineup
Rangers slugger doesn't think inside pitch had intent
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was back in the lineup on Sunday, one day after getting hit in the left shoulder and head by a pitch. Red Sox reliever Fernando Cabrera hit Kinsler in the eighth inning of the Rangers' 7-2 victory. Kinsler was first hit on the shoulder and then in the helmet. He stayed in the game and had only a light red bruise on the shoulder Sunday morning. "We were fortunate that he was hit on the shoulder first," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Kinsler had a demonstrative reaction at the time, yelling at Cabrera and then exchanging words with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. "You saw what happened," Kinsler said. "He hit me in the head; it's never fun to get hit in the head." The Rangers were leading, 7-2, at the time and had run all over Varitek and the Red Sox, setting a new club record with eight stolen bases. Kinsler had one of them and a home run in his first game since being activated off the disabled list. But Kinsler didn't think Cabrera was intentionally throwing at him, despite his initial angry reaction. "It's just something that's scary," Kinsler said. "You never want to be a part of something like that. You're not thinking it's intentional or unintentional in the process. Me and Varitek had words, we had a chance to talk later and put it behind us. "We talked after the game on the phone and everything is fine. I understand it was not on purpose, it's just the way you react when the ball is thrown at your head. They were throwing inside on me all day yesterday." When the Rangers took the field in the ninth, home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez went out to speak to reliever Neftali Feliz and the game finished without incident.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.