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Indians Hope To Find A Little Pop With Jason Kipnis Back In The Lineup

Jason Kipnis is back, and not a moment too soon. The rookie 2B, out of the lineup and on the DL since August 14, will bat sixth against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.

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Kipnis’ bat has been sorely missed since he went down, with the Indians basically treading water, playing .500 ball (10-10) and scoring 3.75 runs per game.

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After a listless 4-2 loss to the Tigers on Monday, the Tribe is 7.5 games back and needs to win the series to build any kind of momentum in hopes of a miracle in the Central Division.

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Kipnis was batting .279 with 6 HR and a .950 OPS in 68 AB before his DL stint. Luis Valbuena will also join the team today from Columbus as a September call-up.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.