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Jackson makes case

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Manager Joe Maddon said, officially, the Rays are still committed to sending right-hander Edwin Jackson back to Triple-A Durham. But after Saturday night's performance in which he allowed just three hits and retired the last 11 batters he faced, the Rays have something to think about. Mark Hendrickson's shoulder may be fine (and he is scheduled to start Thursday), and Maddon made it clear Saturday he is still committed to struggling Seth McClung. But Maddon said he and executive vice president Andrew Friedman will have discussions this week about Jackson's future. Could Jackson stick? Tampa Bay doesn't have to make a decision until Thursday, when Hendrickson starts, and McClung pitches Wednesday.

The umpires got one right. Second base umpire Eric Cooper's safe call Saturday when Rays shortstop Tomas Perez took the neighborhood play to new extremes was correct. Even Maddon went out of his way Sunday to compliment Cooper and the way he handled the subsequent discussion. Yes, Perez had the ball and yes you've seen that kind of play called out many times before. But Perez was far enough off the bag that had Cooper called runner Gerald laird out, he would have strained his credibility. Would Derek Jeter have gotten that call? Let's hope not.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]

    

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