Tampa Bay at Chicago

Tampa Bay
W: E. Jackson (2-0) L: D. Price (0-2)
HR: TB - None   CHW - None

Jackson K's 13 as ChiSox keep visiting Rays winless

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CHICAGO -- Edwin Jackson's pitches were buzzing from the outset, his slider was biting and he had his control. That's how he was able to strike out a career-high 13 and keep the Tampa Bay Rays winless through six games.

"Any time I'm able to go out and get in an early rhythm and get outs quick and attack the strike zone, I like my odds," Jackson said Thursday after pitching the Chicago White Sox to a 5-1 victory in their home opener.

Jackson (2-0) had two strikeouts in each of the first five innings and he walked just one in his eight innings.

"I never really count the strikeouts. I really didn't know how many I had today. I knew I had a lot, but if you asked me an actual number, I probably would't have even been close," he said. "I was able to mix it up a little bit in the count, keep them off balance and put them away when I had the chances to."

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The AL East champion Rays extended the worst start in team history -- they haven't even held a lead yet this year. Tampa Bay has scored exactly one run in five of its defeats.

Jackson (2-0), who pitched a no-hitter against Tampa Bay last season while with Arizona, allowed four hits in eight innings. He lost his shutout bid in the eighth when pinch-hitter Felipe Lopez doubled and Reid Brignac singled. Johnny Damon flied out to deep right to end the inning.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Jackson was actually sharper Thursday than in his no-hitter when he walked eight.

"Yeah, he was. He had much better command. He really had the slider working today. He was throwing them to good spots," Maddon said.

"He was very good. ... He was getting us out of the zone a bit, but I think that's a tribute to how sharp his breaking pitch was. It does not surprise me that he's turning out this good, we talked about that a few years ago. David [Price] was pretty good, but not as good as Edwin was today."

At 0-6, the Rays have totaled only eight runs and 27 hits this season. They are tied for the worst record in the majors with the only other winless team in the majors, the division rival Boston Red Sox.

"It's a tough game," said Jackson, who pitched with the Rays from 2006-08.

"That's a great group of guys over there, a lot of talent. Sometimes it's just how the ball rolls.'

With a foggy start and a 39-degree temperature at the first pitch, the White Sox reached Price (0-2) for two first-inning runs and finished with 12 hits.

"Nobody cares about how much money you make," Price said. "If you lose, you're not having fun. This isn't fun for us right now. It's terrible."

Chicago played for a second straight game without slugging designated hitter Adam Dunn, who had an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning. Dunn dressed for the game and was introduced with his teammates during the pregame ceremony, but there is no timetable for his return.

Rays DH Manny Ramirez missed the game because of a family matter but should be ready for Friday night's game.

Alex Rios hit a two-run double in the first off Price after Juan Pierre singled and Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch. Rios doubled again in the third and scored on a single by Paul Konerko. Brent Lillibridge and Pierre added RBI singles in the eighth.

"Right now we're hitting in the clutch and that's very important," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team has 45 runs in six games.

"We're mixing in one run here and there. We started right away with Rios swinging the bat and put up a couple of runs. I think every day it's not the same guy every time. Different guys are doing the damage."

Price, a 19-game winner last season, is now 0-4 in four career starts against the White Sox. He gave up nine hits and three runs in six innings.

"I expect to throw a complete-game shutout, that's my mindset going into every game," Price said. "I know I've got to pitch better. I don't care if we're hitting or not, I need to pitch better than I'm pitching right now."

Sam Fuld singled leading off the game and tried to create some offense by stealing two bases. But Jackson fanned Ben Zobrist and got Dan Johnson on a fly ball, stranding Fuld at third. Fuld also walked and stole a base in the third. Jackson then retired 12 straight before B.J. Upton singled with two outs in the seventh.


  • Chicago RHP Jake Peavy, who underwent surgery to repair a detached muscle in his shoulder and then experienced some rotator cuff tendinitis in spring training, is scheduled to throw 75 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Friday.
  • Minnie Minoso threw out the first pitch to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
  • Attendance was announced as 38,579, a sellout.
  • Jackson's 13 strikeouts were the most ever by a White Sox pitcher in a home opener.
  • Konerko has at least one RBI in each of the first six games.
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Besides his career high of 13 strikeouts, Edwin Jackson allows four hits and walks just one over eight innings. (AP)
Besides his career high of 13 strikeouts, Edwin Jackson allows four hits and walks just one over eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Rios
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

E. Jackson
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 13

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Tampa Bay Rays
Sam Fuld, LF3010111 .333
Johnny Damon, DH4000023 .053
Ben Zobrist, 2B4010021 .190
Dan Johnson, 1B4000012 .043
B.J. Upton, CF4020000 .364
Matt Joyce, RF4000032 .056
Sean Rodriguez, 3B2000020 .222
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH-3B1110000 .286
Kelly Shoppach, C2000020 .125
   b- John Jaso, PH-C1000001 .000
Reid Brignac, SS3011010 .182
a-doubled for S. Rodriguez in the 8th
b-grounded out for Shoppach in the 8th
2B - Felipe Lopez (1, Jackson)
RBI - Reid Brignac (1)
SB - Sam Fuld 3 (4, 2nd base off Jackson/Pierzynski, 3rd base off Jackson/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Jackson/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Price-Shoppach-Johnson
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (L,0-2) 6933120 4.85
Juan Cruz 1111010 3.00
Jake McGee 1211000 7.71
HBP - Beckham (by David Price), Quentin (by David Price)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 97-67, Juan Cruz 14-9, Jake McGee 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-9, Juan Cruz 1-1, Jake McGee 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 29, Juan Cruz 4, Jake McGee 5
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF5131001 .357
Gordon Beckham, 2B4100004 .308
Alex Rios, CF4122000 .214
Paul Konerko, 1B4021001 .360
Carlos Quentin, DH2000111 .458
Alexei Ramirez, SS4120023 .296
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000004 .261
Brent Morel, 3B4010001 .292
Brent Lillibridge, RF3121000 .333
2B - Alex Rios 2 (2, Price, Price)
SH - Brent Lillibridge (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (4), Alex Rios 2 (3), Paul Konerko (8), Brent Lillibridge (1)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (3), Brent Lillibridge (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (3, 2nd base off Price/Shoppach), Alexei Ramirez (1, 2nd base off McGee/Jaso), Brent Lillibridge 2 (2, 2nd base off Price/Shoppach, 2nd base off McGee/Jaso)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Konerko-A. Ramirez-Santos
Chicago White Sox
Edwin Jackson (W,2-0) 84111130 1.93
Sergio Santos 1200010 0.00
WP - Sergio Santos (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 119-78, Sergio Santos 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-6, Sergio Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 29, Sergio Santos 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38579
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 39
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert