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Jackson Ready for Challenge

Jay Jackson (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Jay Jackson knows that pitching in Double-A will be a challenge. As if he needed proof, Jackson learned that lesson on Sunday when the Jacksonville Suns struck for six runs and seven hits in four innings in his first start for the Tennessee Smokies.

But Jackson, a ninth-round Cubs draft pick from Furman last summer, is determined not to get sidetracked. The right-hander had arguably the most impressive season of any 2008 Cubs draft pick a season ago, going 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings between Class Low-A Boise, Class-A Peoria and Class High-A Daytona. He struck out 72 batters and held opposing hitters to a .222 average against. Chicago...

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