The Red Sox aren’t the only 0-6 team

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The Red Sox are not the only 0-6 team out there. They’re not the only one in the division, either. And they’re not even the 0-6 team with the worst chances of a turnaround. Ladies and gentlemen: the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay dropped its sixth straight game today, losing 5-1 to the White Sox in Chicago’s home opener. The loss came at the hands of an old teammate and nemesis, Edwin Jackson.  Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006 to 2008, and he threw a no-hitter against them while pitching for the Diamondbacks last year. Today he was on fire, striking out 13 Rays in eight innings. He’s always had the capability to uncork games like that. Electric stuff when he can control it.

The Rays haven’t even held a lead this year. In their six games they have scored 1, 1, 1, 3, 1 and 1 runs.  Their best player is out for three weeks. It’s bad news. Far worse than anything the Red Sox are facing, with far less talent in reserve to expect an extraordinary turnaround in the short term.

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.