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Hudson gets best of Jackson, White Sox

Just like everything has gone when it comes to the Edwin Jackson-for-Daniel Hudson trade, Friday's showdown between the two pitchers went the way of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hudson’s Diamondbacks came away with a 4-1 victory over Jackson and the White Sox in the first game of a three-game interleague series.

Jackson hasn’t been horrible for the White Sox. Far from it, actually. Hudson has just been better for the Diamondbacks.

When the deal went down at last season’s trade deadline, it looked like the classic case of one team (the White Sox) giving up a player with a high upside (Hudson) for a veteran who could make a difference now (Jackson). It hasn’t worked out exactly as expected.

It’s hard to say that Hudson would be doing as well as he is in Arizona if he stayed on the South Side, but the only comparison available is what happens on the field.

After the deal went down at the trade deadline last season, Jackson was solid in his two months with the White Sox, going 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA over 11 starts. Hudson, though, went 7-1 in his 11 starts with Arizona, posting a 1.69 ERA.

Even adjusting for the difference between American League and National League offenses, Hudson still gets the best of this comparison.

Fast forward to this season. Jackson entered Friday’s outing with a 4-5 record and a 4.39 ERA over 13 starts. After a slow start, Hudson had recovered to post a 7-5 record with a 3.82 ERA over 14 starts.

When it comes to the trade comparison, Hudson has the edge all the way around, but there is one area where he is miles ahead. Hudson will make $419,000 this season. Jackson will make $8.75 million.

The real story Friday was probably the lack of production from the White Sox’s offense yet again. Jackson was just the latest to bear the burden of that struggle. Mark Buehrle gave up one run Thursday at Minnesota and took the loss. Gavin Floyd had just one bad inning Wednesday and it was enough to sink him.

Despite his slow start Friday, Jackson pitched well. He gave up two runs in the first inning on 29 pitches, but he did strike out the side. After a high pitch count in the second inning he settled down nicely, but the damage was done.

In the seventh inning, Hudson firmly planted the victory flag into the ground when he hit an RBI double to right field off Jackson. He merely rubbed it in when he finished the night with his first complete game.