What they're saying about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter

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Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.

  • Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
    little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
    (unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
  • A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
    history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
    anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
    no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
  • Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
    pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
    credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
    deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
    ‘Wow, after all
    this, there’s still no hits?”
  • Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
    having a perfect game.”
  • Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
    pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t
    .”
  • Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
    out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
    this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
    outing or skip that next start altogether.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
    me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
  • Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
    its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
    might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
    year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
    already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
    to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
    incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: