The White Sox added depth at first base and in the outfield, signing 29-year-old Conor Jackson to a minor league deal and optioning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Jackson, once regarded as a top prospect while with Arizona, had just three hits in 33 at-bats with the Rangers this spring before he was released.
Jackson spent the majority of his 2011 season with Oakland, posting a .315 OBP with five home runs for the A's. He also appeared in 12 games with Boston with a .227 OBP.
From 2006-2008, Jackson was a solid offensive player for Arizona, compiling a .371 OBP thanks to nearly as many walks (166) as strikeouts (184). But he came down with a case of valley fever in 2009 and hasn't been the same since -- his batting eye (74 walks, 96 strikeouts) has been as good as ever, but his hitting ability has escaped him (.232 batting average, eight home runs).
Jackson will presumably join Greg Golson and Jordan Danks in Charlotte's outfield, although he may see some time at first base if Dan Johnson ends up DH'ing for the Knights.
The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)
Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's Charlotte Knights doubleheader.
The White Sox top pitching prospect recorded three strikeouts and issued three walks in a 4-0 win.
The Knights' Twitter account posted a video of the final out:
Perhaps the best part? It was against the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' minor league team.
The Nationals selected Giolito with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Last offseason, the 22-year-old was traded to the White Sox — along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — as a key component in exchange for Adam Eaton.
The last Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Andre Rienzo on July 25, 2013 against the Indianapolis Indians, which also came in the first game of a doubleheader.