14 Jul

homer happy

First, Bobby Bradley sent the ball deep into the right-field seats at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Next, he’ll be sending it home to Gulfport. The former Harrison Central High star clubbed his first major league home run on Saturday, a 457-foot drive for the Indians in a loss to Minnesota. Did he know he got it? “That one I did,” he told reporters postgame. “It felt great off the bat.” Bradley got the ball from a fan and said he’ll ship the keepsake to his family back home. Bradley hit 138 homers over his six minor league campaigns. Of his eight big league hits since his June call-up, six are extra-base knocks. … Former Mississippi State standout Nate Lowe is on a power trip for Tampa Bay. He slugged two homers, both opposite field, in Game 2 of a twinbill at Baltimore and now has five in seven games since his return to the big leagues on July 4. Lowe, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound lefty-hitting first baseman, hit just five homers in 63 games at State in 2016, his only year there. He made some swing adjustments prior to last season and blasted 27 homers over three levels of the minors. He debuted in MLB earlier this year and is batting .320 since his latest recall, .286 for the season. … Here’s some love for the glove: McComb’s Jarrod Dyson made yet another amazing catch in center field for Arizona, robbing a St. Louis hitter of a home run in a game the Cardinals — and MSU alum Dakota Hudson — would win 4-2. P.S. Zack Cozart, the ex-Ole Miss standout, will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season for the Los Angeles Angels. Cozart, a 2017 All-Star with Cincinnati who signed a 3-year, $38 million free agent deal with L.A. prior to the 2018 season, played in just 58 games last year and 38 this year, hitting .190 with five home runs.

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