published Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Braves acquire Bourn in 5-player deal

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros in a five-player trade.

The Astros received outfielder Jordan Schafer and three minor league pitchers in Sunday's deal.

The 28-year-old Bourn, a two-time Gold Glove winner, is hitting .303 and leads the majors with 39 stolen bases.

Braves general manager Frank Wren says Bourn gives the Braves the true leadoff hitter the team has lacked. Schafer and others have been tried in that role this season.

The Astros also receive right-handers Juan Abreu and Paul Clemens and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.

Wren calls Bourn a "perfect fit for our club."

Schafer is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury. The Braves also placed catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Nate McLouth on the disabled list this week.

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