KANSAS CITY -- Due to Jeff Francoeur's recent struggles at the plate, Jarrod Dyson is getting an opportunity to play, and the speedy outfielder is certainly making the most of it.
Royals manager Ned Yost sat Francoeur in five of the team's last six games, and Dyson capitalized, hitting .588 (10-for-17) in that span with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored. The Royals went 3-2 in those games.
Texas right-hander Scott Feldman got the start against the Royals on Saturday, and Dyson, a left-handed hitter, was back in the lineup playing center field and batting ninth. He was 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
"It's always a good opportunity to get in the lineup," Dyson said. "This is a good opportunity to step up for the team and to help the team win. I'm going to continue to do everything that I can to help the team out.
"You could kind of say I'm locked in right now. I'm just trying to square the ball up. I've been getting good results lately, and I'm going to try to keep that up."
Yost has been pleased with Dyson's performance, and added he's convinced that Francoeur will turn things around.
"[Dyson's] been a real catalyst at the bottom of our order, him and [Chris] Getz have been swinging the bat really well," Yost said. "I've got all the confidence in the world that Jeff Francoeur is going to work his way out his slump and be the player that he's always been. But we're just taking opportunities now, going with the hot hand in Dyson. We've got lefties coming up after that, and Frenchy will be in three of the next four days at least, if not four of the next four."
Dyson has shown his great speed, too, stealing four bases in the five games he started. He has 21 steals on the season -- he ranked sixth in the American League entering play Saturday -- but admitted he's not very happy with that aspect of his game.
"I feel like I should have more bags than I've got right now. I'm not really satisfied with where I'm at, because I know that I can steal a lot of bases," Dyson said. "Twenty, I should be sitting higher than that with 230 ABs. I feel like I've been getting on base a lot, but other teams have quickened up on us and tried to shut down our running game. So we have to pick our spots."