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Struggling Bourn back in lineup

Struggling Bourn back in lineup

ARLINGTON -- Michael Bourn was back in the starting lineup in center field on Sunday after not starting in three of the team's previous six games.

Bourn has been scuffling a bit in June, entering Sunday hitting .224 (19-for-85) in the month. He hit .311 in April and .245 in May.

"I feel OK," Bourn said. "You're going to go through your ups and downs. Last year, I had a good year all through the whole year. If you look at it, I didn't go through a slump almost the entire year. I was even surprised because I never had a year where I didn't go through a slump. But I'm going to continue to work to come out of it, and I feel like I am."

Bourn hit .261 in April last year, but he never hit lower than .274 or higher than .309 during the middle fourth months of the season. He finished at .285, a career-best batting average, and continues to challenge himself to improve as a leadoff hitter, studying the likes of Rafael Furcal and Jimmy Rollins.

"Other than Ichiro [Suzuki], you don't find any of them that stay real consistent," he said. "I would love to be able to do that and will work hard as I can to try to get better."

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