Edwin Jackson has been fairly awesome for the White Sox

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Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona.

Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out of gas in the ninth).  Overall: five starts, 35.2 innings, 45Ks, six non-intentional walks, 1.47 ERA and a 3-0 record.

When the Sox picked him up I and many others assumed that Williams’ was really just stuck with him and that the intent was to flip him for Adam Dunn. That may have been the case — and giving up Daniel Hudson for him may hurt the team in the long run — but Jackson has more than done his part to keep the Sox in the hunt this past month, and that’s exactly what you want out of a deadline-pickup starter.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.