Roy Oswalt collects 1,500th career strikeout

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oswalt hat tip.jpgAs noted by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Astros starter Roy Oswalt collected the 1,500th strikeout of his career Thursday against the Reds.  Here’s a look at where he stands on the active list:

1. Jamie Moyer – 2355
2. Javier Vazquez – 2271
3. Andy Pettitte – 2172
4. Tim Wakefield – 1995
5. Kevin Millwood – 1836
6. Johan Santana – 1761
7. Livan Hernandez – 1725
8. Chan Ho Park – 1666
9. CC Sabathia – 1618
10. Roy Halladay – 1528
11. Barry Zito – 1520
12. Roy Oswalt – 1500
13. A.J. Burnett – 1489
14. Tim Hudson – 1413

As for the all-time list?  Well, he ranks 171st, right behind Goose Gossage (1502 career strikeouts) and Paul Derringer (1507).  Oswalt, 32, entered Thursday’s start against the Reds with a 2-2 record, 1.00 WHIP, 2.42 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio through four starts this season.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.