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OAKLAND [url= http://www.buffalobillsteam...]Authentic Marshall Newhouse Jersey[/url] , Calif. â€" Oakland Athletics fans will get a chance to see their new record-tying pitcher in person for the first time Saturday when right-hander Edwin Jackson takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians.
The 34-year-old Jackson (0-0, 1.50 ERA) made history Monday when he pitched a 5-4 win for the Aâ€™s at Detroit.
Oakland became Jacksonâ€™s 13th team in his 16-year career, allowing Jackson to tie a former member of the Aâ€™s, Octavio Dotel, for most major league franchises in a career.
Jackson did not get a decision in his Aâ€™s debut despite allowing just one run and six hits in six innings. He has, however, had a lot of success against the Indians in his career.
Jackson has pitched 15 times, 13 as a starter, against Cleveland in his career, going 9-1 with a 2.76 ERA.
The nine wins are the fifth-most for an active Indians opponent, trailing just Justin Verlander (20) and three players he can tie with a win Saturday â€" Zack Greinke (10) [url= http://www.carolinapanthers...]Authentic Marquis Haynes Jersey[/url] , David Price (10) and Rick Porcello (10).
The .900 winning percentage is the second-best among active pitchers with five or more career decisions against the Indians, trailing only another former Aâ€™s pitcher, Gio Gonzalez (6-0).
Jackson admitted thoroughly enjoying Mondayâ€™s comeback effort.
â€śItâ€™s a lot of fun pitching in games like that, kind of the new guy and wanting to set a good first impression,â€ť he said.
Jackson could have a similar feeling Saturday as it will be his first home game as a member of the Aâ€™s. He has pitched two previous games in Oakland, both as a visitor, going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.
The veteran will be backed by an Aâ€™s team that has won five in a row and 11 of its last 13. The Aâ€™s also won eight of their last nine against the Indians dating back to 2016.
Not surprisingly, given his 15 previous years in the majors, Jackson has a significant history against several members of the Indians, including Yonder Alonso, who has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles and two home runs against his fellow ex-San Diego Padre.
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The 31-year-old credits Aâ€™s manager Bob Melvin for helping him get the three-year, $24 million contract he received from the Indians in free agency over the winter.
â€śItâ€™s always nice to come back here,â€ť Alonso said Friday. â€śThey gave me a huge opportunity that Iâ€™m really thankful for.â€ť
Cleveland will counter on the mound Saturday with rookie right-hander Adam Plutko (4-1, 4.65), who has never faced the Aâ€™s.
Like Jackson, Plutko is coming off a successful outing against Detroit, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings in a 12-2 win last Sunday.
Heâ€™ll find himself having to deal with one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, Oakland second/third baseman Jed Lowrie, who contributed a home run to Fridayâ€™s 3-1 win in the series opener.
Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner has no plans to restrict Cam Newtonâ€™s ability to make plays with his feet. As for the quarterbackâ€™s throwing motion, well that might need a little tweaking.
The 65-year-old Turner said he returned to coaching because of an opportunity to work again with Panthers coach Ron Rivera â€" who was on his coaching staff for four seasons in San Diego â€" and to coach the talented group of offensive players led by Newton.
â€ťHeâ€™s an amazing player for his position,â€ť Turner said Tuesday on a conference call.
The versatile 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton has carried the ball 828 times over the past seven seasons â€" by far the most in the league by a quarterback during that span. By comparison, Seattleâ€™s Russell Wilson has run the ball 578 times during his six seasons in the league.
While itâ€™s logical to question how much pounding Newtonâ€™s body can take â€" he turns 29 in May â€" itâ€™s also hard to argue with his success.
Heâ€™s averaged 5.2 yards per carry and has scored 54 touchdowns rushing, which is the most by a QB in NFL history. And Newton tends to play better when heâ€™s more involved in the running game.
â€ťHeâ€™s a real threat to defenses,â€ť Tuner said. â€ťSo he will always have that threat to run.â€ť
That should be music to Newtonâ€™s ears.
After Newton carried the ball a career-high 139 times last season and led the Panthers in rushing with 754 yards, he said â€ťthatâ€™s my edge.â€ť
â€ťI wouldnâ€™t expect you or anybody else to take it away,â€ť Newton said following Carolinaâ€™s season-ending playoff loss at New Orleans. â€ťAnd when I say you, I mean the media as a whole. Iâ€™m comfortable running the football, I feel like I help the team when Iâ€™m running the football [url= http://www.clevelandbrownst...]Authentic Chad Thomas Jersey[/url] , and as long as Iâ€™m playing this game, Iâ€™m going to run the football.â€ť
Turner suggested that he and his son Scott Turner, the teamâ€™s new quarterbacks coach, will look to improve Newtonâ€™s throwing mechanics.
Because heâ€™s so big Newton has a tendency to rely on his strong arm and throw off his back foot, often resulting in high throws that lead to incompletions or interceptions. Turner said that while sometimes those types of throws are necessary under pressure, the staff â€ťis going to work hard to get his weight transferred and have good technique when he is throwing.â€ť
Turner said the Panthers overall system wonâ€™t change much, although he wants to be able to stretch the field vertically to force defenses to cover the entire field.
He believes Newton has the arm strength to do that.
Turner said he had a brief conversation with Newton after being hired.
â€ťWe didnâ€™t get into a lot of football,â€ť Turner said. â€ťAs he expressed to me â€" and I feel the same way â€" there is excitement and nervousness. When you have change there is nervousness. Sometimes that nervousness is good and it gets your attention. Itâ€™s not status quo and you use that as a time to improve.â€ť