Ian Kinsler said in spring training that if he hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases this season, he hoped it would help the Texas Rangers significantly.
Kinsler launched home run No. 30 into the left-field bleachers Friday night, cementing an 8-3 victory over Tampa Bay and his place in baseball history.
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"I’ve been sitting on 29 for half a month now and it took awhile to get the last one," said Kinsler, who had gone 78 at-bats since hitting his 29th homer.
Kinsler said he wasn’t pressing to reach No. 30, but it had crossed his mind while he was in the on-deck circle and driving to the park. He got the first half of the 30 on Thursday against Oakland when he stole his 30th base.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Mizzou Baseball in the Majors: Ian Kinsler joins 30-30 club
■ Kinsler joins 30-30 club (Star-Telegram)