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2 Michael Bourn LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/180 | Birthdate: 12/27/1982 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Houston | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $7,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves place LF Michael Bourn, 1B Nick Swisher in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) The Braves have placed both left fielder Michael Bourn and first baseman Nick Swisher in the lineup Saturday against Miami one day after acquiring them from Cleveland.

Bourn has been hot since the All-Star break, but Swisher is returning after a long disabled list stint and another disappointing season with the Indians.


Indians trade Swisher, Bourn to Braves, get Chris Johnson back


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/7/2015) The Indians have agreed to trade designated hitter Nick Swicher and center fielder Michael Bourn to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting.

Swisher is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering knee injury.

Johnson, who has started 20 games at third base this year, is hitting .235 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 153 at-bats this season.


Indians CF Michael Bourn returns to lineup Thursday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is back in the team's lineup for their game against the White Sox on Thursday.

Bourn was held put of Wednesday's game as he continues to struggle at the plate this season. He is hitting just .143 with only four hits and 10 strikeouts over his last 11 games.


Indians CF Michael Bourn trying to turn his season around


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was held out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Brewers. Bourn has struggled for the better part of this season, and manager Terry Francona has continued to do what he can to kick Bourn into gear.

"You're trying to win, but you're trying to also get guys going," Francona said on Wednesday, per MLB.com. "I think sometimes as a manager you can play guys just enough to put them in a tough spot. When he does play, I want it to be against guys I think he's had success against. All you can do is do the best you can. Kind of like players, I do the best I can. We want so bad for the guys to do well. He's just going through a tough time. It's been frustrating. I know he's [frustrated], too.

"I know he's frustrated. He cares a lot. It's just been hard because we're not hitting as a team a lot to begin with, and then when you've got a guy scuffling like that, it just kind of becomes a little more glaring."

Bourn is batting just .225 this year. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss, and has just two multi-hit games over the last month. But for his part, Bourn continues to battle through the struggles.

"I know that me, myself, I haven't had a good season up to this point," Bourn said on Tuesday night. "But I'm not going to stop playing. I'm going to keep on scrapping. I know the team leans on me and I'll just keep going until they say we've got to go home."


Indians CF Michael Bourn records three hits in win over Reds


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn seemed to break out of a terrible offensive slump during Sunday's win over the Reds.

Bourn went 3 for 6 with two runs in the victory. The three-hit game was a completely different feel for him than he has experienced lately -- in the eight games prior to Sunday, he had just one hit over his last 17 at-bats.


Indians CF Michael Bourn out of Friday's lineup


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the lineup for Friday's matchup against the Reds.

Bourn will be replaced by Michael Brantley in center field. Brantley will also bat third in the lineup.

Going into the All-Star break, Bourn struggled mightily as he hit just .059 with seven strikeouts in eight games.


Indians' Michael Bourn to serve one-game suspension Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn will serve his one-game suspension Thursday against the Rays. Bourn, who was appealing a one-game suspension for bumping an umpire during a June 16 game against the Cubs, had his appeal heard Friday and was expecting a decision by July 10.

Bourn has been in a serious offensive slump since late May, batting .192 with one double, one RBI, six walks, four runs, 25 strikeouts and two stolen bases in his last 28 games.


Indians' Bourn will have ruling on appeal of suspension by July 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn had his appeal heard Friday regarding a one-game suspension for bumping an umpire during a June 17 game against the Cubs. A decision on Bourn's appeal will be made by July 10.

Indians OF Michael Bourn sits vs. lefty starter Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was held out of the starting lineup Monday against the Tigers. It was the fifth time in 13 games that Bourn was absent from the starting lineup. Each of those times there was a left-handed starter on the hill for the opposition.

Bourn hasn't had great success against lefties in 2015. He is batting just .237 with four doubles, four RBI, eight runs, eight walks and 17 strikeouts in 35 games against lefties.

The veteran outfielder is batting .200 (9 for 45) with one doubles, no RBI, three runs, four walks and 13 strikeouts in 17 June games.


Indians OF Michael Bourn suspended one game, is appealing


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Major League Baseball suspended Indians outfielder Michael Bourn for making contact with an umpire in Tuesday's game against the Cubs, the club announced

Bourn argued a called strike at the end of the fourth inning and was ejected. Bourn is appealing his suspension and will be available to play in Thursday night's game against the Cubs. Bourn finished that game 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. 

Bourn is hitting a line of .242/.311/.296 this season. 


Michael Bourn ejected in Indians' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was ejected after his second strikeout of the game in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. 

Bourn took a called strike three to end the fourth inning and was ejected between innings. 

He struck out swinging in his first at bat, but strikes one and two were both called strikes. 


Indians CF Michael Bourn set to sit Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who is back in a slump that plagued him earlier in the year, has been benched Tuesday against Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias.

Bourn is on an 0-for-10 slide that has dropped his average from .259 to .244. He is also just 13-for-56 against southpaws in 2015.


Indians' Michael Bourn picking up offense at bottom of lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) After spending much of April as the Indians' leadoff hitter before being shifted to the bottom third of the lineup, center fielder Michael Bourn has hit .333/.404/.444 in his last 16 games.

"He has been doing a lot better," manager Terry Francona said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He's an important part of what we're doing. We didn't want to run away from him, but we also have to try to balance what we're doing and who we have on our roster. He's doing a lot better."

Bourn said he hasn't made a drastic change after being moved from the leadoff role.

"I'm just going to continue to play and continue to try to swing the bat," Bourn said. "It's not one thing. It's usually not something big. It's usually something little. When you've been playing for a while, it's something little and you've got to get adjusted to it. I just continue to play baseball. I try not to get too high and I try not to get too low. It's not easy to do, but I try my best to do that, because this is May. We've still got June, July, August and September left."

Bourn has hit .235/.314/.301 with 11 RBI, 16 runs scored and three stolen bases in 136 at-bats.


Michael Bourn, Jose Ramirez not in Indians' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Two regulars are not in the starting lineup for the Indians' game on Sunday. 

Center fielder Michael Bourn gets a rest after five straight starts in center. He's replaced by Michael Brantley, who gets his sixth start in center. 

Jose Ramirez sits after 12 straight starts at shortstop. Mike Aviles replaces him, batting ninth. 


Indians OF Michael Bourn out of the lineup on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Monday against the White Sox, the team announced.

Bourn has started eight of the last 10 and 30 of 36 games for Cleveland this year, but will get a day off for Zach Walters. Bourn is hitting .233 with nine RBI in 116 at-bats this season.


Indians' Walters, Raburn take over for Bourn, Chisenhall Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall were not included in the starting lineup Friday night against left-hander Bruce Chen and the Rangers, per the team's official website.

Bourn is a .200 hitter (8 for 40) this season against southpaws. Chisenhall has fared better against left-handers, slashing .256/.326/.308 on the year. Manager Terry Francona inserted Zach Walters at third. Michael Brantley shifted to center field, with Ryan Raburn in the left field and at the cleanup spot.


Michael Bourn in, Nick Swisher out of Indians lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The juggling in the outfield and at designated hitter continues for the Indians heading into their Wednesday game against visiting St. Louis. Michael Bourn, who has been benched frequently, is in the lineup with Nick Swisher removed.

Bourn has shown signs of emerging from his season-long slump with five hits and four walks in his last 12 at-bats. His .218 average is at its highest point since April 15.

Swisher is 6-for-26 since returning from injury, but he smacked four of those hits in one game.


Indians CF Michael Bourn not starting Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. There is no mention of an injury or other issue here, so it looks like manager Terry Francona is just giving the struggling Bourn a day off. Bourn has actually seen his batting average rise to .218, as he is currently riding a very modest three-game hit streak.

Michael Brantley is moving over to center field, while David Murphy handles left field. Brandon Moss returns to the starting lineup after being rested on Sunday. He will bat fourth and play right field.


Indians manager Terry Francona loads up on lefties Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) With a right-hander slated to toe the rubber for the Royals on Thursday, Indians manager Terry Francona has produced a heavy lefty-hitting lineup.

David Murphy returns to the starting lineup as the designated hitter, while Nick Swisher gets a rest after playing in two straight since returning from a DL stint.

Michael Bourn, who will be benched against lefties for the near future, was back in the lineup batting seventh and playing center field. 

Switch-hitter Jose Ramirez slides in at shorstop to replace Mike Aviles. The Indians' lineup contains just one natural right-handed hitter, catcher Roberto Perez.


Indians center fielder Michael Bourn out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley shifting to center and Ryan Raburn moving taking over in left field, according to MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona indicated Bourn will be held out of the lineup for the forseeable future against left-handed pitchers.

"I talked to Bourny today a little bit about it," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "And this is just in the near future, because we really want Bourny to be our center fielder, but it's been a struggle for him against lefties."

It will be Brantley's first start in center field this season after drawing 44 starts there in 2014. The Indians are currently the underdogs (+110) against Kansas City.


Michael Bourn returns to Indians' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, batting ninth in the order. 

Bourn missed Saturday's game with a neck strain, snapping a string of 10 straight starts. 


Indians CF Michael Bourn (neck) late scratch for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Center fielder Michael Bourn was a late scratch for the Indians on Saturday, citing a neck strain as the issue, reports MLB.com.

Tyler Holt filled in for Bourn in right field and in the ninth spot in the lineup.

Bourn injured his neck in Friday's game when, after losing his helmet while running the bases, dove into home plate head first, slamming his head on the play.

"He bumped the side of his head," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think it just kind of rang his bell for a second."


Francona mum about moving Indians CF Michael Bourn back to leadoff spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The mini-surge of Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has some wondering when Terry Francona will move him back to the leadoff spot.

Bourn is 4-for-15 since being placed in the ninth spot and 4-for-11 in the last three games. He was batting .180 with a .254 on-base percentage previously.

Francona declined to give a timetable when asked when he would feel comfortable moving Bourn back up.

"I do what I think is right for the player, for the team," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I don't try to ever do it out of emotion or reaction. That's why I never make the lineup out after the game. You can make some poor decisions."


Indians' Mike Aviles in, Jose Ramirez out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Indians infielder Mike Aviles is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting second and playing shortstop in his team's matchup with the Tigers.

Aviles is seeing just his second start of the season at shortstop, as most of his work has come in the oufield. He'll take the place of Jose Ramirez, who had started 10 straight games coming into Sunday.

The Indians have also made a change at the top of the lineup, moving second baseman Jason Kipnis to the leadoff spot. Kipnis and Aviles batted 1-2 in the team's last start against a southpaw, and lefty Kyle Lobstein is on the mound of the Tigers Sunday. Center fielder and typical leadoff man Michael Bourn will bat ninth.

The Indians are road favorites (-115) in Detroit Sunday.


Indians' Michael Bourn back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

Bourn was benched Monday with lefty starter John Danks on the mound for the White Sox, but he's back atop the lineup after missing his first start of the season. Bourn has performed well in limited action against Tuesday starter Hector Noesi in his career, going 4 for 7 with one home run and five RBI.

The Indians are road favorites (-140) against the White Sox Tuesday.