09 Jun

putting up numbers

JaCoby Jones had a day on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBIs for Detroit. Actually, the former Richton High star has had quite a couple of weeks, batting .420 over his last 14 games. On May 24, he was hitting .173. He is now batting .250, with eight homers and 20 RBIs. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Jones has worked “incredibly hard” on adjusting his swing and is seeing the results. Jones batted .207 last year, his first full MLB campaign. The Tigers have been patient with the LSU product because his defense in center field is so good. Jones, who goes 6 feet 2, 200 pounds, has always had raw power and speed, and he plays with lots of energy. If he is blossoming as a hitter, look out. … Southern Miss alum Brian Dozier, also on a hot streak of late, belted his 10th homer of the year for Washington, a hit that just happened to be the 1,000th of his career. Dozier called the milestone “pretty cool” but also told mlb.com that “I don’t put that much emphasis on records and that kind of stuff.” … McComb native and Meridian Community College product Corey Dickerson went 0-for-3 for Pittsburgh in his return from the injured list. His next hit will be his 700th. … Ex-Mississippi State standout Mitch Moreland will be stuck on 891 career hits for a while. Boston put him back on the IL with a quad injury; he had been activated from a 10-day stint on Friday.

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