- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
Indians outfielder Michael Bourn hopes to rebound
Question of the Day
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Bourn hopes his second season with the Cleveland Indians goes a lot better than his first.
After leaving Atlanta to sign a $48 million, four-year deal with Cleveland, Bourne hit .263 with six homers, 50 RBIs and 23 steals - his fewest since 2007. He injured his right index finger while sliding headfirst into first base and hurt his left hamstring on Sept. 29 while trying to steal second, an injury that needed offseason surgery.
“I’m just going to try to hope to stay healthy, number one. I feel like that’s always the key to everything,” Bourn said. “I don’t have one thing that I’m trying to just specifically do. I’m just trying to always evolve my whole game.”
Indians manager Terry Francona believes the 31-year-old outfielder will be more comfortable in his second season, both with the American League and with his teammates.
“I thought he was relaxed last year, but I think it gets better when you know your surroundings,” Francona said. “Unless you’re just miserable, I think it has to get better. And I think any time you’re getting reacquainted as opposed to introducing yourself, you’re going to be more relaxed.”
For Cleveland to make another run at the playoffs, it will need Bourn to get on base often.
“I’ve been doing it for the last six, seven years, so I’m not really worried about being pressured by doing it,” he said.
Bourn contends that he simply needs to stay the course.
“Sometimes … ain’t really nothing different you need to do. You might have had bad breaks, that might have just been what it was,” Bourn said. “You’ve got to continue to grind, continue to keep your confidence and just continue to play baseball. I’ve been able to continue to learn from the leadoff spot and be a good leadoff hitter, so I’m going to try to continue to improve on it, get better at it and try to lead this team to the playoffs.”
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Sarah Palin's online channel hits snag as Stephen Colbert buys similar URL
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information
- 3 African leaders cancel trip to U.S. over Ebola outbreak; Obama still plans summit
- Colorado poll shows women tuning out Democrats' 'war on women' strategy
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- House votes to sue President Obama over claims of presidential power
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world