Craig Calcaterra

DETROIT, MI - MAY 18: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers looks into the dugout after hitting a single during the first inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on May 18, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Ian Kinler homers for the fourth consecutive game


The Tigers played a day game today and their second basement continued his torrid pace.

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in this afternoon’s 6-3 victory over the Twins. In the bottom of the sixth he hit a solo home run, which makes it four straight games in which Kinsler has gone deep. On the year he’s hitting .319/.367/.554 with 10 homers, 24 RBI, and 37 runs scored in 39 games.

Second base in the American League is quite a thing this year. Kinsler is just fourth in OPS at the position in his league, actually. Jose Altuve is hitting .338/.427/.618 and Robinson Cano is hitting .302/.347/.591. Logan Forsythe, though having significantly fewer plate appearances than the other three, is hitting .308/.328/.523.

The All-Star voting is gonna be kind of complicated.

Inside the 2014 World Series Homeland Security Panty Raid

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You may recall that just before the 2014 World Series Department of Homeland Security agents raided a small clothing store in Kansas City because it was committing the heinous crime of . . . selling panties with an unauthorized Royals logo on them. Like, an actual raid by law enforcement with confiscations and the whole deal.

At the time we noted how crazy it was that government agents were out there enforcing private copyrights like it was a criminal matter. We noted that, for most of our history, copyrights were enforced through the civil justice system, not by a unit of government agents dedicated to fighting “intellectual property crime.” A unit that was created at the behest of entertainment companies, not because there was any sort of public outcry or criminal scourge imperiling the general peace and welfare, but because the government is, apparently, supposed to proactively protect corporate profits, not just impose penalties for the violation of a law after the fact. Protect those profits, by the way, via use of the same governmental department which is tasked with leading the fight against terrorism.

That whole episode was quickly forgotten by most. But it wasn’t forgotten by Aaron Gordon of Vice Sports. He sent out Freedom of Information Act requests about the incident. FOIA requests, it should be noted, that the government sat on forever because that’s just how the government treats FOIA requests specifically and transparency of operations in general these days. He finally got his documents, however, and he presents his findings today.

Go read Gordon’s story, where the documents are produced. Know, in the meantime, however, that a lot of taxpayer money and a lot of wrongheaded effort was expended to address what appears to be about $40 in phony Kansas City Royals panties. Then ask yourself, why on Earth this wasn’t a matter for the courts, following a copyright infringement suit, as opposed to a matter for armed law enforcement raiding businesses.

The Padres are dangling Matt Kemp

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This is not a shocker by any stretch of the imagination: the Padres are letting it be known that outfielder Matt Kemp can be had in a trade.

The hope going into the season from the Padres front office had to be that Kemp would start hot and look like an appealing offensive upgrade to a contender. On that count things are a mixed bag. Kemp’s power numbers are really nice — 10 homers and a .500 slugging percentage — but he’s only hitting .250 and has only walked four times in 39 games.

That could appeal to someone — power is always valuable — but given that he’s owed $21.5 million this year, next year and for two more years after that, it’s unlikely anyone will give up anything worth a thing unless the Padres eat a ton of that salary. And even then it may not be a lot.

Good luck, Padres. Maybe someone bites. But they’re not going to bite big.