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Young Jackson enjoying 'building blocks'

CHICAGO – Brett Jackson appears to be getting more comfortable in his own skin and days like Friday and Saturday are showing what he is capable of doing.

His game-tying home run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies on Friday was the kind of thing that can help a young player like Jackson past his early struggles at the big league level.

Then on Saturday he had a double and a home run in his first two at-bats. He has three home runs in a week as he looks to finally be settling in.

“Those are building blocks to know that (you can do that),” manager Dale Sveum said. “I think a lot of guys have to understand when they have these struggles or whatever, there is always that last at-bat where you can win a baseball game or tie it and those feelings or emotions (help).”

Jackson started play Saturday with 30 strikeouts over his first 58 at-bats. Shockingly, his strikeout total is just 15 less than Darwin Barney, who had 416 at-bats at the start of Saturday’s game.

“It’s no fun to strike out which is one of the lowest emotions we can have in this game but there is no better emotion than when you hit a home run like that either,” Sveum said.

Jackson’s comfort zone was apparent in Saturday’s game. His second-inning double was down the right-field line and his home run was to the basket in left-center.