While the Cleveland Indians have been hindered by injuries, Jason Kipnis has stepped up.
Kipnis and the Indians look to continue their run Tuesday night when they open a three-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Cleveland won two of three against Detroit and St. Louis last week as part of a nine-game road trip. Kipnis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth Sunday for a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals.
With the win, the Indians (32-27) improved to 16-11 on the road and moved within one-half game of Chicago for the AL Central lead.
Kipnis has helped keep Cleveland in the mix of the division race while Carlos Santana, Travis Hafner, Jack Hannahan and Grady Sizemore have all spent time on the disabled list. After hitting seven homers in 36 games last season, he is leading the team with 10 homers and 39 RBIs while hitting .285 in 2012.
Kipnis has been on a tear recently, hitting .357 with four homers and 15 RBIs over the last 17 games, playing all three games this weeken...