Angels' Bourjos flashes his speed on inside-the-park homer

The Sports Xchange
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Peter Bourjos has two reasons to be fond of Target Field now.
The Los Angeles Angels' young outfielder hit his first major league home run at Target Field on August 21, 2010, off Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey. And Wednesday night, Bourjos hit his first major league inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning of the Angels' 6-5 loss to the Twins at Target Field.
"Pete can fly. To get around the bases the way he did was incredible," manager Mike Scioscia said. "When he opens up those burners, it's fun to watch."
Bourjos didn't seem to "open up the burners" until he had rounded first base. That's when his flyball got over the head of Twins left fielder Josh Willingham. Both Willingham and the ball caromed off the wall, and Bourjos was on the run.
"I felt like I was running hard out of the box, but I feel like I have, not another gear, but I really get going when I get to second base," Bourjos said. "When I was coming around second, I saw that (Twins center fielder Denard) Span was still getting to the ball. I figured it was going to take two perfect throws to get me.
"I was just hoping Dino (Ebel, Angels third base coach) would be waving me home."
The relay throws were not good, and Bourjos scored without a play at the plate, driving in two other runners ahead of him. It was the first inside-the-park home run by an Angel since Gary Matthews Jr. had one June 17, 2007, at Dodger Stadium.

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