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Edwin Jackson
Apr 13: Jackson took the loss Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings of work. Jackson needed 114 pitches to get through six frames as the Cardinals hitters didn't have too much trouble. He was lucky to only surrender four runs and will take an ugly 6.19 ERA into his next start.

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Apr 8: Jackson had an abysmal night Tuesday, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings against the Pirates. Somehow, Jackson avoided getting credited with the loss, but this was a really messy outing. If you're looking for silver linings, four of the six runs were allowed in the first inning, so he "settled down" and only gave up two more over the next 3.2 innings. He also struck out four batters in less than five innings, which is better than his 6.93 K/9 from 2013. His next scheduled start doesn't look very promising, as he'll be pitching in St. Louis on Sunday.

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Apr 2: Jackson struck out five and walked four while giving up two runs -- one earned -- on two hits over 5.1 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Pirates. The game was eventually decided in the 16th inning, when Carlos Villanueva picked up his second extra-innings loss of the young season. Jackson threw 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes, but was inefficient overall despite returning useful ratios. He's slated to face the Pirates again at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night in his next scheduled start.

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Mar 29: In his last tuneup before the regular season, Jackson threw four scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday. Jackson gave up just one hit and struck out two. He finished the spring with a fantastic 20:2 K:BB in 18 innings. He'll be the No. 2 starter in the Cubs' rotation to start the year.

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Mar 22: Jackson will be the No. 2 starter in the Cubs' rotation, meaning he'll make his 2014 debut on Apr. 2 in Pittsburgh, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports. Jackson will follow Jeff Samardzija and precede Jason Hammel and Travis Wood, respectively. If there's one thing owners have been able to count on with Jackson over the years, it's innings. He has pitched 175-plus innings every season since 2008, and although his 17-21 percent strikeout rate over the past five years leaves a lot to be desired, there's something to be said for rostering an innings eater in deeper leagues. Although Jackson posted a woeful 4.98 ERA in 2013, his FIP and xFIP were both below 3.90, so there's a chance he could be undervalued on draft day this year.

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Mar 17: Jackson threw four scoreless innings against the Angels on Monday. He struck out six and walked one in the effort. Jackson's fastball frenzy his last time out led to a poor performance, but this time around he looked a lot better. Though he's given up 10 hits and hit three batters in nine innings this spring, he has a stellar 11:1 K:BB ratio.

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Mar 8: Jackson only threw fastballs Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in three innings and didn't even tell his pitching coach he was going to do it. While it's great that he wanted to work on a pitch, it was a surprise to manager Rick Renteria as well. "I'll probably talk to him and have a conversation and clarify what the process was," Renteria said. Considering that Jackson lost 18 games last year, he might want to listen to his coaches.

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