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Jackson settles for one-year deal with Nats

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Jackson settles for one-year deal with Nats

When the White Sox acquired Edwin Jackson from Arizona in 2010, it was widely assumed they were going to flip the erratic starter to Washington for Adam Dunn, who would've shored up the team's lineup in the face of poor production from Mark Kotsay as the team's designated hitter.

That narrative may or may not have been accurate, along with the rumors the Nationals all of a sudden asked for Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers along with Jackson in a deal for Dunn. Of course, the Sox balked at that price, and Jackson remained with the White Sox -- where he was very successful, for the record.

In the offseason of 2011, the White Sox ended up getting Dunn anyway. And now, a year later, the Nationals have ended up with Jackson. And the White Sox still have Viciedo and Flowers, both of whom will be on the major-league roster in 2012.

For the Nationals, landing Jackson is a fantastic acquisition. Since joining the White Sox, Jackson has appeared to harness his potential, racking up 6.5 WAR in 217 23 innings between Chicago and St. Louis. Jackson will fit in nicely with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in a Washington rotation that's looking very competitive.

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.