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1 Billy Burns CF
Height/Weight: 5-9/180 | Birthdate: 8/30/1989 | Birthplace: Atlanta, GA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Oakland | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 73/58 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Athletics' Sam Fuld gives Billy Burns a day off


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 26 of the last 27 games. 

Sam Fuld gets his 27th start of the season in his place. 


Athletics OF Billy Burns returns to lineup Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns was back in the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco, the team announced. He will bat first and play center field. 

Burns had been dealing with a groin injury. He is hitting .286 with two doubles and two RBI in his last 11 games.


Athletics CF Billy Burns is out for Saturday's game against Giants


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns, who is dealing with a testicular contusion, is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.

Athletics CF Billy Burns removed Friday with testicular contusion


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns was removed from the game Friday night with what the team announced as a "testicular contusion."

It was unclear how he sustained the injury.

The insult to injury was that Burns was 0-for-2 in the game before his removal.


Billy Burns steals 18th base of year for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went 1 for 4 in Friday's loss to Minnesota. Burns produced one of the A's five hits on the day. He was 1 for his last 16 heading into the game. 

Burns also stole his 18th base of the season, recording his first steal since July 4. 


A's OF Billy Burns keeps on hitting to start July


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns has refused to slow down at the plate in 2015. On Tuesday, the speedy Burns went 1 for 5 in the victory over the Yankees. In six games so far this month, Burns is batting .308 (8 for 26) with two doubles and a triple. 

Athletics CF Billy Burns extends hit streak to 16 games


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns extended his hit streak to 16 games in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Burns went 2 for 5 in the game. During his 16-game hit streak, Burns is hitting .365 with 27 hits, four doubles and seven RBI.


Athletics OF Billy Burns returns to lineup Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) After being held of the last two games because of soreness in his legs, Athletics outfielder Billy Burns was back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, the team announced. He will bat leadoff and play center field. 

Burns will go against Jeremy Gutherie, who he has never faced in his career. Burns is on a 15-game hitting streak and is hitting .362 with seven RBI over that time.

The Athletics are favored (-142) against the Royals on Sunday.


Billy Burns out of Athletics' lineup for second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns is out of the team's starting lineup for the second straight day on Saturday. 

Burns also missed Friday's game after starting 33 games in a row in center. 

"It’s just precautionary. I’ve had some tightness in my legs, and they know about it," Burns said, per MLB.com.

Sam Fuld gets the start in center for the second straight day, batting leadoff. 


A's OF Billy Burns pushes career-best hit streak to 14 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns tied a season-high with three hits, including two doubles, during an 8-2 win Wednesday at Texas. Burns, who also had two runs, has totaled three hits six times this season.

Burns extended his hit streak to 14 games, which is the longest streak of his career. His previous best was a 12-game hit streak from May 26-June 7.

Burns is batting .375 (24 for 64) with one triple, three doubles, seven RBI, 12 runs, four walks nine strikeouts and five stolen bases in his last 14 games.


A's CF Billy Burns collects RBI Sunday; hit streak at 12 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went 1 for 4 with a single and RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Angels. The speedy outfielder extended his hitting streak to 12 games, as he continues to be a sparkplug atop Oakland's batting order this season. 

A's CF Billy Burns pushes hit streak to 11 games on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns had two hits in five at-bats in Saturday's win over the Angels. The two-hit effort pushed Burns' hitting streak up to 11 games.

Burns also stole his 15th base in 18 tries this season. He has five steals during his current hitting streak.


Athletics' Billy Burns has three hits to extend streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went 3 for 5 in Friday's loss to the Angels. 

Burns scored twice and drove in a run, his 14th. He also stole his 14th base of the year. 

Burns extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He's hitting .386 with .895 OPS over the streak. 


A's OF Billy Burns continues hot streak, hits safely in 19 of 20 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns went 1 for 3 with one triple, one run, two RBI, two walks and one stolen base during a 6-5 win Tuesday against the Padres. Burns has hit safely in seven straight games and 19 of his last 20 games.

In his last 20 games, Burns has a .322/.368/.448/.817 slash line. He also has one home run, two doubles, three triples, 11 RBI, 13 runs, five walks and six stolen bases in that span.


A's CF Billy Burns hits RBI triple to extend hitting streak Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Center fielder Billy Burns was one of a few bright spots for the Athletics on Saturday, as they took a 4-2 defeat to the Red Sox. Burns ripped an RBI triple in the sixth inning, giving him three triples and eight RBI on the season. 

It was the only hit of the afternoon for Burns, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games Saturday. During the streak, he is batting .362 with two doubles, two triples and a home run. 


A's OF Billy Burns doing well when going after first pitch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns has been aggressive swinging at first pitches in 2015. He is batting .519 (14 for 27) with one triple, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI when he has made contact on the first pitch.

It's a new approach for Burns, who was a much more patient hitter in the minors. However, late last year he decided to switch his approach after working with minor-league hitting coordinator Greg Sparks.

“I was talking with Sparky the last two weeks last year, and we thought we’d give this a try,’’ Burns said, per IBABuzz.com. “It’s all about attacking the ball.’’

Athletics manager Bob Melvin added he expects Burns to go back to taking more pitches and drawing more walks, which is a strategy the organization encourages.

“He’s been a little bit against the grain,’’ Melvin said with a smile. “But he’ll start to figure it out after a while.’’


Athletics OF Billy Burns producing from leadoff spot


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns continues to find his way on base this season. That trend continued on Sunday when he went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases in Oakland's 3-0 win over the Yankees. 

"It's been amazing what [Burns] has done at the top of the order," catcher Stephen Vogt said to MLB.com. "It's just been huge. The havoc that he causes on the basepaths, what a lot of people don't realize is he affects the pitches being pitched to us while he's on base, because they're worried about him."

Burns is hitting .327 with 17 runs scored and nine stolen bases on the season.


Athletics' Billy Burns knocks second homer Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees.

Burns put his team on the board with a fifth-inning homer after the team had fell behind 3-0. The Athletics were able to scrape together four more runs in the next two innings, with Burns scoring the last run in the seventh inning to give his team a two-run lead.

In line for significant playing time with Coco Crisp sidelined for the foreseeable future, Burns has hit .302/.356/.417 with two home runs, three RBI and seven stolen bases in 96 at-bats.


Billy Burns homers, gets three hits in Athletics' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went his first 18 games of the year without driving in a run. He's now recorded RBI in back-to-back games.

Burns hit a solo home run to lead off Oakland's win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, his first of the year, and recorded his second RBI in as many days. 

"I was kind of shocked honestly," Burns said to MLB.com. "I never really do that in BP or anything. The ball just took off a little bit off the bat, right on the barrel, I guess. The pitcher just provided all the power. It was a good feeling. … It was a good way to start the game, and I'm glad we could get the win overall."

Burns went 3 for 5 and scored three times. He also stole his seventh base of the season. 


A's OF Coco Crisp (neck) not starting on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is being held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Astros. This comes as little surprise as Crisp was removed from Tuesday's game with stiffness in his neck. The team has not provided an update on his status, and should be considered day-to-day for now.

Billy Burns will draw the start in center field while leading off, and the recently-recalled Craig Gentry will be in left. 


Burns takes over leadoff spot for A's, Crisp dropped to seventh


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Coco Crisp has been dropped to seventh in the Athletics' starting lineup. Billy Burns will be at the top of the order against the White Sox on Saturday, per MLB.com.

Crisp has struggled to make his presence felt at the plate, hitting only .061 (2 for 33) since returning from the disabled list because of a triceps strain. Burns, on the other hand, is hitting .292 (14 for 48) with three walks, two doubles and two stolen bases in 12 games.

Oakland is favored (-160) at home against the White Sox.


Athletics OF Billy Burns dropped to No. 8 in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns returned to the starting lineup, but was bumped down to the No. 8 spot in the order on Tuesday against Boston, per the team's official website.

Burns is hitting .217 (5 for 23) over his last six games played. He is batting .286 with two doubles, two stolen bases and a .318 on-base percentage in 10 games played.

Oakland is favored (-140) at home against the Red Sox, per VegasInsider.com.


Athletics' Marcus Semien jumps to No. 2 spot on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) With Billy Burns receiving the night off in favor of Sam Fuld, the Athletics moved Coco Crisp to the leadoff spot and Marcus Semien to the No. 2 hole Tuesday night against Boston, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Semien is hitting .295/.340/.810 with five home runs on the season.

Oakland is considered a home favorite (-120) against the Red Sox, per VegasInsider.com.


A's rookie outfielder Billy Burns gets a breather on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) For just the second time this season, Athletics outfielder Billy Burns is not in the starting lineup. Burns has started nine of the first 11 games in his career since being called up on May 2.

The rookie outfielder is .286 to start his big-league tenure. But he will get a rest on Tuesday as Sam Fuld is in the lineup, playing centerfield on Tuesday against the Red Sox.


Athletics' Stephen Vogt, Sam Fuld out of the lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, the team announced. 

Vogt has started five of the last seven games for Oakland and is hitting .322 with seven home runs with 25 RBI in 90 at-bats. Josh Phegley will replace him behind the plate. Center fielder Sam Fuld will also get a day off with Billy Burns drawing the start in center. Burns is hitting .286 in 28 at-bats this season.

Ike Davis will also get a break as Mark Canha will draw the start at first base. Davis has started 13 games in a row for Oakland.