Jackson showed off his stuff Thursday, hurling four scoreless innings in an 8-0 whitewash of Houston, allowing just two hits while fanning three without allowing a walk.
Jackson won a divisional series game for the Cardinals last season and took a loss in the World Series after going 5-2 down the stretch as the Cards surged to the wild card. A journeyman, to say the least, Jackson has bounced around the major in his nine major league seasons, playing with the Angels, Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals and now, finally, the Nationals.
His deal with Washington is for just one year, as Jackson keeps his options open. Blessed with a blazing fastball, n 2010 he fanned 181 batters and followed up with 142 Ks in 2011.
|Dunn: HR, 2B, 4 RBI|
Hoping to put 2011 behind him, Dunn is off to a better start this Spring. On Thursday he doubled and homered in three at-bats, helping Chicago upend the Rangers, 6-3, with four RBI.
Smacking a three-run homer of Texas closer-turned-starter, Neftali Feliz, in the first inning, Dunn followed up with an RBI double to right-center in the 3rd.
Prior to last season's collapse, Dunn had hit 38 or more homers with 100 or more RBI in six of his prior seven seasons. The White Sox are counting on him to return to that kind of form.