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Jackson to close out series

Jackson to close out series

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Edwin Jackson will start for the Rays on Wednesday, when they wrap up their three-game set with the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

Although he picked up his 12th loss of the season on Friday night against the Indians, the right-hander overcame seven hits and five walks to record his fourth consecutive quality start. Jackson continues to show quality stuff with an above-average fastball and a much improved slider and changeup. Jackson has struggled against the Red Sox, posting an 0-1 record with an 8.68 ERA in four career appearances.

Daisuke Matsuzaka didn't have his best stuff against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. By allowing four runs in the third inning, he gave the Devil Rays a lead that rookie Andy Sonnanstine wouldn't relinquish. Matsuzaka remained in the game and was sharp until he left after the sixth, after which he'd already given up six runs on eight hits and three walks. He is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.

After the Red Sox depart town, the Rays will play four games against the A's before going back on the road to play six contests against the Orioles and Yankees.

Pitching matchup
TB: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-12, 5.69 ERA)
Opponents are hitting .295 against Jackson.

BOS: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-9, 3.79 ERA)
Dice-K is 7-5 with a 2.99 ERA on the road this season.

Player to watch
Josh Wilson is hitting .667 (2-for-3) against Matsuzaka.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN

On radio
• WHNZ 1250, WGES 680 (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Devil Rays (Jason Hammel, 1-3, 6.70) vs. Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 9-9, 4.25), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Devil Rays (James Shields, 9-8, 4.18) vs. Athletics (Lenny DiNardo, 8-6, 3.13), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Devil Rays (TBD) vs. Athletics (Joe Blanton, 11-8, 3.84), 7:10 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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