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Jackson continues mastery of Indians

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

CLEVELAND — There’s something about the Indians that works for right-hander Edwin Jackson, who improved to 8-0 in his last nine starts against the Tribe on Saturday.

Jackson, who’s 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in Cleveland, wasn’t at his very best in the Sox’ 8-3 victory (he walked four and threw 99 pitches in six innings), but five of his innings were scoreless, so who’s complaining.

“He put himself in trouble a lot because he couldn’t really command where he wanted to throw the ball,’’ Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

“But the last couple of innings, he settled down very well.’’

Jackson struck out seven and retired his last eight batters.

“It was just a matter of finding my rhythm. The first couple of innings, I didn’t have too much rhythm,’’ Jackson said.

Jackson said he has “no clue” why he dominates the Indians. Eight of his 49 career wins are against them. The last time he lost to the Indians was in 2007 when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sneaking a peek

Adam Dunn admits it: He likes to watch.

The Sox slugger can’t curb his penchant for shutting down when a base runner attempts a steal.

“One hundred percent of the time I won’t swing because my eyes go straight to the runner,’’ Dunn said. “It’s just a bad habit I got into.’’

If Dunn knows the runner is going, he said he’s not affected. Gordon Beckham was on the move when Dunn homered on a 3-2 pitch on Opening Day.

But Dunn got the sign that Beckham was going.

Juan Pierre, who stole 68 bases last season, has a green light to go on his own.

“I’ve played with some pretty good base stealers, and all I asked them was just don’t run with two strikes — please — because I probably won’t swing,’’ said Dunn, who has 355 career home runs.

“But that’s how they make their living. I want them to go, and I’d rather have them on second, for sure.’’


Alexei Ramirez, who has a history of slow starts, has RBI hits in each of the first two games.

Alex Rios, the only Sox starter not to get a hit in the opener, was 0-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday, but the wind prevented a home run in the first, and he lined out to third.

Brent Morel, who made no errors during spring training, made two on one play, bobbling a grounder by Travis Buck, then throwing over Paul Konerko. It led to an unearned run.

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