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Kinsler excited for change of scenery

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm •  Published: February 17, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler doesn't mind admitting he had gotten comfortable in Texas.

Until his trade to the Tigers in the offseason for slugger Prince Fielder, Kinsler had spent his entire professional career in the Texas Rangers organization. He said he had an inkling after last season that he was on the trade block. He also said he was excited about a change.

With the rumors swirling, Kinsler ended up with the Tigers who needed fielding and speed. The Tigers finished last in the American League in 2013 with only 35 stolen bases, 114 behind the Rangers. New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wants to run more this year.