MINNEAPOLIS -- While injured Prince Fielder is absent from All-Star festivities, having undergone season-ending neck surgery earlier this year, the guy for which he was traded is here. In some ways, the trade that sent Ian Kinsler to Detroit helped him get back to the Midsummer Classic for the fourth time in his career.
It was the trade to Comerica Park that prompted Kinsler to shift his style of game, focusing more on line drives into the gap than home runs.
"You work hard in the offseason and prepare to help your team any way you can," Kinsler said. "It's nice to be recognized for your hard work."
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