Edwin Jackson

White Sox fielding calls on Edwin Jackson

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At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday.

The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.

Jackson is 5-7 with a 4.30 ERA  and a 92/34 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings this season.  He’s pitched better since the end of April, with a 3.53 ERA and just 17 walks in 71 1/3 innings.

The White Sox remain in contention in the AL Central, so they’d likely look for some major league talent in return for Jackson.  GM Ken Williams, though, may have the confidence to trade Jackson for prospects and then use those prospects in another deal.  The White Sox have short-term needs at third base and maybe in the outfield.  Another reliever wouldn’t hurt, either, but the White Sox are feeling better about the pen with the way Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have improved as the year has gone on.

John Farrell will return to manage Red Sox in 2016

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John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.

Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.

Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.

Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.

All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.

Piscotty returns to Cardinals lineup after concussion

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Stephen Piscotty took the brunt of a frightening outfield collision last week at PNC Park, but he only suffered a mild concussion and was cleared for baseball activities a couple days later.

Now he is back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup, batting second and playing right field Sunday in the first half of a doubleheader against the Braves at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

Piscotty has an impressive .867 OPS with seven home runs and 39 RBI over his first 62 major league games. He should be a big part of the Cardinals’ postseason push, drawing starts in the corner outfield spots and at first base.

St. Louis will get either the Pirates or Cubs in the NLDS.