Bourn starts week in style

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn's week is off to a great start.

One day after hitting a two-run walk-off home run to seal a 6-4 win, and series sweep, over the Colorado Rockies Sunday, Bourn went two for three with two runs scored, a triple and stolen base in a 3-2 victory over the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field Monday.

"I just try to take it one day at a time, not try to do too much, simplify the game, see the ball and hit the ball, and not try to do too much thinking when I'm out there," Bourn said. "(I'll) work what I do in the cage, and hopefully, carry it over to the game."

After being hampered by a nagging hamstring since the end of the 2013 regular season, Bourn looked like the player the Indians were hoping to get when they signed him prior to the start of training camp last February.

"I felt pretty good today," Bourn said. "I'm just letting it heal all the way and trying to take care of it as much as possible. They've been doing a good job with me. I just tried to stay on top of that and be ready to play every day."

Bourn has hit safely in six straight games, and nine of his last 10. In those contests, he has scored seven runs, collected 13 hits, drove in three runs and drawn six walks. During his last 10 games, Bourn has raised his batting average by 13 points.

"He makes us go," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He set the tone tonight. The first pitch, he takes off and steals a bag, hits a triple that, maybe, when it was cold and he wasn't confident, was a double. You could see how much he's enjoying that aspect of it, and you could see how proud he was. And he should be. When he goes like that, we can be a different team."

Monday's starting pitcher, Justin Masterson, added, "Michael Bourn, whew. He got to third base, which was nice. He got a triple out there, was running lights out, stole a base right away. There were a lot of good things for him, so that was good to see."

Now that Bourn is feeling confident in his skills, and more importantly, his body again, he is all systems go as the Indians look to get back into the race for the American League Central Division championship.

"(I'm) just trying to take advantage of the opportunity when it's there," Bourn said. "It's the same thing, not try and miss out on too many opportunities. When an opportunity presents itself, you've got to try and be aggressive. If it doesn't, you just stop and play the game another way. If it's there for the taking, go after it."


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