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Dyson returns in time for Opening Day

Speedy outfielder's hamstring holds up well vs. L.A.
March 29, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After sitting out a week to rest a tender right hamstring, speedster Jarrod Dyson returned to what looked a lot like Seattle's potential Opening Day lineup in Wednesday's 3-3 tie with the Dodgers.Dyson went 0-for-2, but threw a runner out at the plate in the first inning

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After sitting out a week to rest a tender right hamstring, speedster Jarrod Dyson returned to what looked a lot like Seattle's potential Opening Day lineup in Wednesday's 3-3 tie with the Dodgers.
Dyson went 0-for-2, but threw a runner out at the plate in the first inning and -- most importantly -- emerged healthy as the Mariners point toward their regular-season debut on Monday in Houston.
"Dyson is running fine. No issues there at all," said manager Scott Servais. "We'll get the day off [Thursday], get everybody out there again on Friday and see how that goes."
The left-handed swinging Dyson will be Seattle's leadoff batter against right-handers, but he hit ninth against lefty standout Clayton Kershaw, with right-handers Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger batting in the top two spots.
That may well be how the Opening Day lineup stacks up against Houston southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Servais wasn't committing to that and said the lineup will fluctuate based on how players perform, but acknowledged Haniger has shown to be a solid situational hitter this spring and the other pieces of his starting nine are more adaptable this year as he builds around 3-4-5 hitters Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.
"I pretty much know those guys in the middle aren't moving and that's a luxury," Servais said. "Not many teams have that. There are some flexible pieces around them, which is great. I think the spring Mike Zunino has had creates even more flexibility. We've seen flashes of what Danny Valencia can do.
"There are multiple pieces you can put in different spots. It's nice to have. It wasn't that way so much here last year."
Unsworth impressive once again
Dylan Unsworth hasn't allowed a run in 12 Cactus League innings while allowing five hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
"He's had a great spring," Servais said. "He has no fear, he believes in his stuff. It's not overpowering, but he knows how to pitch. He's got a really good changeup. And it was much appreciated after the last couple days, just to settle us down and get us in a normal ballgame."
Worth noting
• Right-handed reliever Tony Zych threw a 1-2-3 inning in a Minor League game on Wednesday, with two groundouts and a strikeout, as he continued working back from biceps replacement surgery. Zych said he had better command than in his first Cactus League return on Sunday against the Reds and will likely pitch in another Minor League game Saturday.

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