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Kinsler gets a day off from Tigers' lineup

OAKLAND -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had been planning to give infielder Ian Kinsler, who played in the team's first 46 games, a day off. He finally got around to it on Monday.

"I've told him about four times in the past month he'd be getting a day off next week," Ausmus said. "It's hard to find innings off for him, let alone games. I don't want to take him out of the lineup, but we've ridden him a little hard."

Kinsler, who has an 11-game hitting streak and ranks second in the American League with a .330 batting average, shrugged it off.

"It's always nice to get a day," he said.

Rajai Davis assumed the leadoff role in the lineup and Austin Jackson stepped into the No. 2 spot.

"I have no plan to keep him there," Ausmus said of Jackson. "I do feel comfortable with him there for a day. He's not striking out as much and he's getting walks."

Utility player Danny Worth took over at second base.

Kinsler is hitting .400 during his streak.

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