Cleveland Indians report: Michael Bourn returns after birth of daughter

By Sheldon Ocker
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn watches his two-run double in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Michael Bourn is back from Houston, where he was on hand to witness the birth of his daughter, Blair.

“She’s ready to take over the world,” said the proud father on Wednesday. “She’s going to be a superstar.”

Bourn didn’t necessarily mean in the world of sports.

“Whatever she wants to be, whatever she wants to do, that will be up to her,” he said. “Same thing for my boy [Bryson]. Of course, I want to put a baseball in his hand and see what happens.”

Bourn makes a distinction when he talks about the Indians’ mission for 2013.

“We don’t want to be known for being a hot team,” he said. “We want to be known as a good team, and that means being consistent.”

Going into Wednesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the Tribe had won 15 of the past 20, but that streak followed a 4-16 skid.

“I think we know that we’re able to get out of those kinds of things,” Bourn said. “Even during the rough streak, we weren’t getting blown out. It’s a learning curve. We had to figure out how to win those one- and two-run games.”

Bourn is a three-time National League stolen base champion, stealing 174 bases from 2009-2011. In 2012 with the Atlanta Braves, he stole 42 bases, but this year his total has lagged, and he knows why.

“The pitchers have been real quick to the plate this season,” he said. “They’re paying lot of attention to me, and I don’t like to force it.”

Bourn also has a totally different group of pitchers gunning for him, and it will take awhile for him to learn their tendencies and their moves to first.

He is second on the team in steals with 11; Jason Kipnis has as a substantial lead with 19. Because of injuries and excused absences, Bourn has played in 56 games; Kipnis in 73.

“It’s not over yet,” Bourn said, smiling. “But he’s a competitor. I hope he gets elected to the All-Star Game. He’s the guy who should be there from our team. Him and Justin Masterson.”

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