Bruce is not in the lineup Friday against the Giants. Bruce will head to the bench for a breather after starting each of the last 13 games. Curtis Granderson is starting in right field in his stead.
Bruce went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. The blast was his 19th of the season and continued Bruce's surprising career success against Clayton Kershaw -- the slugger has three homers in 23 at-bats against the Dodgers' ace. The right fielder is now slashing .343/.370/.700 with seven homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs through 17 games in June.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Nationals. His ninth-inning shot off Shawn Kelley was Bruce's 18th homer of the year and sixth in his last 12 games. The 30-year-old hasn't been a one-dimensional slugger over that stretch either, hitting .380 (19-for-50), but given that he's only hit above ,260 for a full season twice in his career expect him to cool off soon enough.
Bruce went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's win over the Cubs. It's his fourth homer in the last five games and 17th of the season. Bruce is also working on a nine-game hitting streak, putting together a .385/.400/.846 slash line during that stretch with five home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs, and his current .888 OPS would be a career high if he can keep it up.
Bruce is out of the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Braves, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. This marks the first day off for Bruce since May 24, and comes due to a mixture of the doubleheader, a left-hander on the mound and the return of Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to the lineup. Bruce is likely to be slotted back in the lineup for the second game Saturday.
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