Bourjos will start in center field and lead off Sunday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Bourjos is picking up a second straight start with the Yankees deploying another left-handed starter (Jordan Montgomery) for the series finale. Though Bourjos provided a solo home run Saturday, he's unlikely to see his role change even with another successful showing at the dish Sunday, as he remains locked into the short side of a platoon in center field with Mallex Smith.
Bourjos went 1-for-5 with an RBI double and a run in Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Yankees. The veteran outfielder continues to see frequent playing time and provide serviceable production, with Thursday's two-bagger marking his third extra-base hit in July and his 11th overall in 118 plate appearances this season. Bourjos has shown more power than usual this season by slugging four home runs in 61 games, after needing 119 and 117 contests, respectively, to reach that total in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with St. Louis.
Bourjos went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Red Sox. The veteran outfielder's 360-foot shot to left off Chris Sale in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie and represented Bourjos' first homer since June 8. He continues to be reasonably productive in his part-time role, and he's opened July by hitting in three of his first four games. Factoring in Thursday's round tripper, Bourjos is slashing .247/.300/.441 and has nine extra-base hits (four doubles, one triple, four homers) over 100 plate appearances.
Bourjos will start in left field and lead off Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With southpaw Francisco Liriano on the hill for the opposition, the lefty-hitting Mallex Smith, who had led off in the previous two contests, will move down to sixth in the order, allowing Bourjos to settle into the table-setting role. While it's a favorable lineup spot for Bourjos, the veteran has turned in sub-.300 on-base percentages in each of the last four seasons and shouldn't be counted on to make much of an impact in DFS contests.
Bourjos (elbow) went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs in Thursday's 7-5 win over the White Sox. The veteran outfielder did damage out of the nine-hole in his first game back from a disabled list stint due to an elbow injury, blasting a 422-foot shot to left in the fourth that gave the Rays a 6-0 lead at the time. Bourjos' .217 average has plenty of room for improvement, but he's able to contribute the occasional round tripper in his part-time role.
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