Bourn named to All-Star team
Astros CF Michael Bourn will be making his first All-Star Game appearance after being selected as a reserve by NL manager Charlie Manuel of the Phillies, the organization that drafted Bourn in 2003 out of the University of Houston.
Bourn, 27, leads the league with 25 stolen bases and is well on his way to winning another NL Gold Glove Award, an honor he won last year for the first time. He’s hitting .260 with one homer and 20 RBIs from the leadoff spot with 48 runs scored and a .336 on-base percentage, and he carried the Astros by hitting .311 in April while much of the club was struggling offensively.
He also leads league in outfield assists, infield hits and bunt hits (tied).
All three Astros starting outfielders now have All-Star nods on their resumes. Right-fielder Hunter Pence went last year, and left-fielder Carlos Lee went for the Astros in 2007.