17 Jun

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Jarrod Dyson never has been much of a home run threat, but the 5-foot-10, 165-pound McComb native and Seattle outfielder seems to be caught up in whatever it is that’s going on in the big leagues this season. Dyson smacked his fourth homer of the year on Friday night; he’d never hit more than two in any of his previous seven MLB campaigns. Before this year, he’d never hit one away from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, where he played his first seven seasons; this year, he has three road bombs, including the one Friday at Texas’ Globe Life Park. Dyson, who never could quite nail down a regular job in KC, moved to Seattle in an off-season trade shortly after the Mariners dealt away Ole Miss alum Seth Smith. The M’s reportedly wanted to get faster and more athletic in the outfield. Dyson brings that. Playing regularly in center field – but not leading off very often – the lefty-hitting Dyson has been hot of late, batting .310 over his last 10 games. He is at .244 for the year with 20 RBIs, 37 runs and 16 steals in 64 games. Dyson, a 50th-round draft pick out of Southwest Mississippi Community College, is eight bags shy of 200 career stolen bases, something to watch for in the coming days. He’s a long way from any type of career milestone in home runs. He has 11. But something’s up this year. Twenty might be in his sights. OK, maybe 15.

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