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Rays Colored Glasses: Jackson Dominates Rays

Date: April 7, 2011

A: Chicago White Sox

Attendance: 38,579


Rays (0-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0
White Sox (4-2) 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 12 0

W: Edwin Jackson (2-0, 1.93 ERA)

L: David Price (0-2, 4.85 ERA)

Summary:

On June 25, 2010, Arizona Diamondback right hander Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, he was arguably better when he took the mound. That no-hitter, which was one of six thrown in Major League Baseball last year, was by far the ugliest. He walked eight and threw 149 pitches while striking out six. Against the Rays, today, he gave up four hits and a run, but was dominant, striking out a career high 13 over eight innings of work.

David Price did not have one of his better days on the mound. Temperatures hovered in the high 30s throughout the game and could have had a little to do with the Price’s lack of command. The White Sox jumped on him early when Alex Rios doubled home two runs in the first. Price allowed another run in the third, but kept the Rays relatively in the game.

Sam Fuld, leading off today for Tampa Bay, did all he could to get the Rays offense going. In the first, he singled and stole two bases, but couldn’t score. In the third, he walked and stole another base, but his teammates couldn’t deliver. The Rays finally scored in the eighth when Reid Brignac singled home Felipe Lopez. The White Sox plated two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away and send the Rays to their sixth straight defeat in front of a full house for the White Sox’s home opener.

Player of the Game: Edwin Jackson (8 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 13 K’s)

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