Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Playoffs Are Old Hat for Cards' Jackson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Playoffs Are Old Hat for Cards' Jackson

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Danny Jackson has a chance to go where no man has gone since Don Baylor. If the Cardinals win the National League Central Division title, it would be the fifth team with which he will have played in the postseason.

Jackson has appeared in playoff and World Series competition with Kansas City (1985), Cincinnati (1990) and Philadelphia (1993) and with Pittsburgh in the 1992 playoffs. Baylor appeared in five postseasons with Baltimore, California, Boston, Minnesota and Oakland in a career that wrapped up in 1988.

"The only team I've played on that never got to the playoffs was the Cubs," Jackson said. "I started thinking, `Maybe there's a reason why.' " As the Cardinals head down the stretch, Jackson (0-0) will pitch the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds after Donovan Osborne (13-9) pitches the first game at 11:35 St. Louis time. The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Saturday. "It's easier for the veteran to wait," said manager Tony La Russa, clarifying his pitching pairings. Jackson agreed it was best that he pitch later in the day. "I think part of it might be that the old guy might be a little stiffer in the morning than the young guy," said Jackson, 34. Whatever the circumstance, Jackson is happy to be pitching anywhere, anytime, because he hasn't felt a part of the Cardinals' championship push. He didn't join them until August in New York because he was set back by belated offseason surgery to fix ligament damage in his ankle, and he has made just two previous starts this season, giving up five runs in nine innings. His game could be one that could either clinch the title for the Cardinals or put them dangerously close to clinching. "The only thing that is a disappointment for me is that I really don't feel like I had a whole lot to do with helping this team," Jackson said. "So, I'm kind of hoping the second game (Sunday) would be the clincher. That would make me feel a little better. "On those other teams, I was more a part of the team. …

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