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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Edwin Jackson got off to a neat, clean start with the Chicago Cubs.

Signed as a free agent to a four-year deal worth $52 million, Jackson pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday in his first spring outing as the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2.

"Today's just pretty much an evaluation day for me," he said, "to see where I am with things."

The 29-year-old righty has a multiyear contract for the first time in a major league career that began in 2003. He previously pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis and Washington.

Jackson, who pitched a no-hitter for Tampa Bay in 2010 and won a World Series title with the Cardinals in 2011, was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA last year with the NL East champion Nationals.

Jackson gave up a pair of two-out singles in the first inning but retired his final four batters.

"It definitely feels good when you know you have some stability on a team," said the 29-year-old Jackson, who pitched for six teams in five years before signing with the Cubs. "But at the same time, you can't get too complacent to where you let it get you to relax. You still have to have some kind of edge about you when you take the field."

Off the field, Jackson's easy demeanor has made him a quick fit with new teammates.

"He's been great," manager Dale Sveum said. "He's got that personality and work ethic and professionalism. And teammates like him already."

Jackson said he's learned to get comfortable anywhere.

"It's not my first rodeo. I've been around the game. I've been fortunate enough to join loose clubhouses, and this is definitely one of those clubhouses where everybody's having fun but taking care of business at the same time," said Jackson, who's penciled into a top three of the Cubs' rotation that also includes Jeff Samardzija and Matt Garza.

"It definitely makes it easier for you to come in and get acclimated with everything that's going on."

Chicago outfielder Dave Sappelt, in the running for a backup job, homered leading off the sixth. He also singled.

Christian Villanueva added a home run for the Cubs.

Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin retired all six batters he faced. He struck out one.

Chacin was bothered by a bruised left foot that required the trainer to stop play and check on him during the second inning. He was able to finish his scheduled two innings without further issue.

"It's going to be fine. It's no big deal," said Chacin, who hurt the toe during pitchers fielding practice Friday. "I just need to keep icing."

Chacin said again Tuesday that the problem with his toe won't prevent him from joining Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic next month.

He and Rockies teammates Carlos Gonzalez and Roberto Hernandez plan to leave Sunday to join the Venezuelan team for workouts in Jupiter, Fla., before continuing to Puerto Rico for pool play.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Sappelt
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

B. Paulsen
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, CF3010000 .167
    Tim Wheeler, CF0001000 .500
Charlie Culberson, 2B3000000 .167
   a- Henry Wrigley, PH10100001.000
    Cristhian Adames, 2B0000000 .000
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2120100 .286
    Corey Dickerson, LF1000001 .250
Michael Cuddyer, RF3010002 .333
    Kent Matthes, RF1000000 .167
Ben Paulsen, 1B3011003 .500
    Nolan Arenado, 3B1000000 .400
Ramon Hernandez, C2010000 .333
    Jordan Pacheco, C1000000 .167
    Lars Davis, C1000010 .000
Ryan Wheeler, 3B-1B3000012 .143
Matt McBride, DH3000000 .167
Jonathan Herrera, SS2000000 .600
    DJ LeMahieu, SS1110000 .286
Totals3128212  
a-singled for Culberson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Rusin)
3B - DJ LeMahieu (1, Struck)
SF - Tim Wheeler (1)
RBI - Tim Wheeler (2), Ben Paulsen (2)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Navarro)
CS - Tyler Colvin (1, 2nd base by Rusin/Navarro), Ben Paulsen (1, Home by Carpenter/Navarro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Culberson-Wheeler
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 2000010 0.00
Jorge De La Rosa (L,0-1) 2222111 9.00
Rex Brothers 1000010 0.00
Edgmer Escalona 2311021 3.00
Adam Ottavino 1111300 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 8-8, Jorge De La Rosa 14-10, Rex Brothers 5-5, Edgmer Escalona 14-13, Adam Ottavino 16-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 2-3, Jorge De La Rosa 3-2, Rex Brothers 1-1, Adam Ottavino 1-2
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 6, Jorge De La Rosa 9, Rex Brothers 3, Edgmer Escalona 8, Adam Ottavino 7
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF2000010 .000
    Dave Sappelt, CF2221000 .286
Starlin Castro, SS2110000 .500
    Javier Baez, SS2010000 .400
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2000011 .167
    Brad Nelson, 1B1000110 .286
Alfonso Soriano, DH1000100 .667
   a- Welington Castillo, PH-DH1000101 .333
Brett Jackson, LF1001000 .400
    Matt Szczur, LF1001111 .000
Dioner Navarro, C2000001 .333
    Rafael Lopez, C2000003 .000
Brent Lillibridge, 2B2000000 .333
    Logan Watkins, 2B1010000 .286
Christian Villanueva, 3B2111000 .250
    Edwin Maysonet, 3B1000001 .000
Johermyn Chavez, RF2000010 .500
    Darnell McDonald, RF1000000 .143
Totals2846445  
a-flied out for Soriano in the 6th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (1, De La Rosa)
HR - Dave Sappelt (1, Escalona), Christian Villanueva (1, De La Rosa)
SF - Brett Jackson (1)
RBI - Dave Sappelt (1), Brett Jackson (3), Matt Szczur (1), Christian Villanueva (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Szczur (1)
SB - Javier Baez (1, 2nd base off Escalona/Pacheco)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Navarro-Castro-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 2200000 0.00
Drew Carpenter (W,1-0) 2211110 4.50
Chris Rusin (H,1) 2200000 0.00
Zach Putnam (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Nick Struck (S,1) 2211010 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 8-8, Drew Carpenter 14-9, Chris Rusin 7-7, Zach Putnam 3-3, Nick Struck 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-1, Drew Carpenter 3-1, Chris Rusin 5-0, Zach Putnam 1-2, Nick Struck 1-3
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 8, Drew Carpenter 8, Chris Rusin 7, Zach Putnam 3, Nick Struck 7
Game Information
Attendance - 4021
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jonathan Saphire, Third Base - Patrick Mahoney