Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored against the Tigers on Friday.
It looks like it could be a take of two halves for Kipnis yet again, except this time it's a dominant second half instead of a first. Chalk up the power outage to the oblique injury early on as the Indians' second baseman put it all behind him with a strong performance to open the second half. He won't reach the 20-20 mark we were all hoping for, but a strong second half could certainly salvage what has seemingly been a lost season for the third-year pro. This game may have just ruined your chance to buy low on him, so hopefully you acted quickly before.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Joakim Soria will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Soria was acquired last season by the Tigers as an insurance policy for the struggling Joe Nathan but he found himself getting injured just six games after being acquired which forced him to miss more than a month. In 13 games with the Tigers last season Soria went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA after posting a 2.70 ERA with the Rangers prior to the trade. The Tigers expect Nathan to be their closer heading into the season which will mean Soria will once again be in a set up role. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba