Cooper Delivers Big Tip for Jackson

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Byline: Lindsey Willhite

Don Cooper waited until the end of Edwin Jackson's bullpen session Sunday morning to reveal a long-held secret.

"He was tipping his pitches," Cooper said. "We knew what he was throwing."

Ah, so that helps to explain why, in Jackson's final two starts for Detroit last season, the White Sox racked him for 14 hits and 13 runs in 12 innings.

It also might explain why Jackson posted a 6-10 record with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona before joining the Sox on Saturday. Whatever happened in Arizona, however, Cooper believes can stay in the dry heat.

He walked away enthused by Jackson's 20 minutes of work prior to the White Sox' 4-1 win against Oakland at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I was excited, looking forward to it all yesterday," Cooper said. "Last night I was thinking about it. This morning, when I woke up, I was thinking about it. I'm even more excited now because the process has begun -- and the sideline we just had.

"It went very, very well. I can't remember how long ago I was this excited about a sideline, about a bullpen. …