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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.