|2013 Regular Season|
Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision, and the big first baseman approved the deal. Fielder, however, is still only 29, and the Rangers would be adding a big bat to the middle of their lineup while also resolving a logjam in the middle of their infield. Jurickson Profar, a highly touted 20-year-old prospect, appeared to be blocked by Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Fielder is batting .400 with 11 RBIs in 17 September games.
Fielder is 7 for 12 with two homers and five RBIs in his last three games.
Fielder is 10 for 23 over a six-game hitting streak.
Fielder has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He's batting .362 (17 for 47) with three homers and eight RBIs over that stretch.
Fielder has driven in 11 runs in his last 14 games.
With just 19 homers, Fielder is in danger of finishing with fewer than 30 for the first time since posting 28 in 2006, his first full season in the majors.
Fielder went deep for the first time since July 24, belting a towering drive to right-center to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. Despite his power drought, the first baseman has been hitting well lately. He's batting .310 (13 for 42) during a nine-game streak with four doubles and seven RBIs.
A four-time All-Star, Fielder was hitting just .219 with five homers and 27 RBIs over his previous 50 games entering Tuesday night. Asked before the game about his comments, Hunter said they talked and that Fielder will ``be fine.'' He also called him a "brother'' and added "we've all got family issues, trust me."
Fielder has recorded five doubles in his last seven games after going his previous 28 contests without one.
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