Rookie Chris Carson emerging as Seattle Seahawks’ primary running back

Rookie Chris Carson emerging as Seattle Seahawks’ primary running back

RENTON, Wash. — If Sunday’s workload was any indication, the Seattle Seahawks may have found themselves a new starting running back.

After Thomas Rawls started the game and received five carries in the opening quarter, the Seahawks turned to rookie Chris Carson for the rest of the afternoon. Carson came through with 93 yards on 20 carries as Seattle’s rushing game showed signs of life after a meek showing in the team’s season opener in Green Bay last week.

“I think we got something,” head coach Carroll said of Carson. “I think he’s a really good football player.”

Rawls gained just four yards on his five carries before Carson took over as the lead option. With Eddie Lacy a healthy scratch and C.J. Prosise used more in the passing game, Carson has seemingly laid claim to the job.

“It was a blessing just to have that trust from the coaches and I didn’t want to miss that opportunity,” Carson said.

Carson contributed heavily to the Seahawks sealing the victory in the closing minutes. Seattle took possession with 4:47 remaining and needed to string a few first downs together to run out the clock. He rushed for 41 yards on five carries on the drive and converted three first downs to enable the offense to kneel out the final two minutes of clock.

“He’s the real deal, he’s the real deal,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “I’ve been telling y’all that since training camp, he is the real deal. There’s an aspect to him mentally that you don’t find in football players; it’s very hard to find that aspect mentally in a football player, and Chris Carson has it. He’s going to be a phenomenal running back in this league for as long as he wants to be.”

Carson has shown to be effective in all aspects of the game for Seattle. He has 132 yards on 26 carries with two receptions for 17 yards as well. He has also been capable as a blocker in the passing game. He was effective in the preseason, carrying 24 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns and catching four passes for 64 yards.

“I think we can have very high expectations for Chris’ play,” Carroll said. “Everything that he has done has been very, very consistent. I think he can continue to go. He didn’t have any problem carrying it 20 times, which is a good sign. … He’s done everything we’ve really asked of him so we’re going to keep going with him and mix him in with the fellas and try to get a really good production out of that position.”

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons have taken Alka-Seltzer for Super Bowl hangover

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons have taken Alka-Seltzer for Super Bowl hangover

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is long past the Super Bowl debacle and is ready to face his buddy, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

“I don’t think about it too much,” Ryan said. “I think everybody else does because the question keeps coming up. For us, we were focused on playing each week.”

The Falcons addressed their issue of blowing the 28-3 lead against New England in Super Bowl LI.

“We tried to answer it that way, but it kind of seems like nobody really believed you when you were saying it,” Ryan said. “It’s felt that way in our building for sure. Were we disappointed in it? Absolutely, but we got past that.”

The Falcons have been focused on moving forward and have gotten off to a 2-0 start.

“We started working on trying to become the best 2017 football team we could be,” said Ryan, who vacations with Stafford, the former University of Georgia legend. “We’re two games into it. Mission accomplished on those two first games.”

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has been pleased with how his team has tried to move forward. They received two big plays from cornerback Desmond Trufant against the Packers. Trufant missed the Super Bowl with a torn pectoral injury.

He had a key interception and scooped up a fumble returning it for a touchdown to help the Falcons beat the Packers.

“That was just a big play with him getting the interception at the end of the half,” Quinn said. “Then it was a smart play to start the second half on the forced fumble that you have to scoop up and take back. He was aware. It was a great way to have him back in that kind of performance.”

The Falcons replaced Kyle Shanahan with Steve Sarkisian as the offensive coordinator after scoring 540 points, the seventh most in league history.

Whether Sarkisian would be able to keep the car on the road was a major part of the Falcons’ offseason narrative.

The offense scored on five of their seven possessions in the victory over the Packers in the first regular-season game in the posh $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“What we really wanted to emphasize was our execution,” Quinn said. “We thought the effort was on point, but there was a play here or a play there where it just wasn’t crisp and detailed enough where we missed some. We knew the effort and strain would be there, but could we take our execution up a notch? We really had that as part of our preparation.

“When we go through the week, we prepare a lot for the opponent and so much of it comes right back to us. That’s really the emphasis that we had. Although we knew Green Bay and the tough opponent they are, it was still going to come back to us and our style, attitude and how we played. We’re pleased to see that kind of execution tonight.”

Ryan leaned heavily on Julio Jones and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The running backs combined for 29 touches, 145 yards and three touchdowns. The two combined for 20 carries and 53 yards rushing in the opener against the Bears.

“Freeman had some really aggressive runs and made yards after contact and made guys miss,” Quinn said. “That was vintage Freeman. We saw Tevin’s speed when he got out to the outside. I was pleased with that part of our game.”

Now, the Falcons will travel to Detroit to face Stafford and the upstart Lions.

The Falcons, who are off to a 2-0 start, are going to be without All-Pro edge rusher Vic Beasley Jr. for at least a week and possibly more games.

Beasley suffered a hamstring strain and even if it’s the mild – grade 1 – sprain, those takes up to three weeks to recover from.

If Beasley has a grade two sprain, which is a partial tear, it would take from two to eight weeks to recover.

“Vic Beasley will be out this week with a hamstring strain,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said on Monday.

Quinn originally similarly under-reported Desmond Trufant’s torn pectoral muscle injury last season before he went on to miss the final seven games of the regular season.

Beasley was injured in the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers. On video of the game, Beasley is seen grabbing the back of his right leg after the play is over.

In addition to Beasley’s injury, the Falcons will be without defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw, who suffered a sprained ankle and right tackle Ryan Schraeder, who suffered a concussion and is in the league’s protocol.

It was reported that Beasley has a tear and could be out for up to a month by Zach Klein of WSB Radio citing “a NFL source.”

Quinn, however, doesn’t believe Beasley will be out that long.

“We certainly wouldn’t put that kind of timeline on him,” Quinn said. “I’m not sure which doctors reported that, but it wasn’t ours. He’s a guy who’s going to work really hard.

“I know he’ll miss this week. Past that we’ll see how it goes to see if he’s able to make it back in time for the next game (against Buffalo) and then we have a bye. We’ll see where it goes, but he’ll definitely miss next week.”

If Beasley is out a month, he’d be set to return against the New England Patriots on Oct. 22 in a rematch of Super Bowl LI.

With Beasley out at least a week, the Falcons will turn to rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley to play left defensive end in the team’s nickel defense. De’Vondre Campbell has been playing the strong-side linebacker spot in the base defense.

McKinley played 44 of the 76 defensive snaps (58 percent) against the Packers. He played just 14 snaps against the Bears. McKinley had two quarterback hits against the Packers, one when he came free off a stunt with defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

“With Vic (out), we’ll lean on Takk and Brooks (Reed) and Derrick Shelby, who can also play outside,” Quinn said. “We are fortunate that we have some depth at the position this year.”

Little impact from New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.; big impact from Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah

Little impact from New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.; big impact from Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — So much for Odell Beckham Jr. riding in on his white horse to save the New York Giants‘ offense.

Beckham, the Giants’ best receiver and most explosive playmaker, made his 2017 regular-season debut Monday night despite not being at 100 percent.

His 36 receiving yards were third on the team in New York’s 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Beckham, who was used sparingly, also caught four out of five passes intended for him, but it wasn’t enough to save the Giants from their second straight loss on the season.

“I felt all right,” he said, declining to place a percentage on how far along he was from the high ankle sprain sustained on Aug. 21. “Still just that last little bit to gain, but it will come, you know. Another long week of rehab and all those things. Just stay positive, try to get healthy.”

Beckham was deemed healthy enough to play in a limited role, the coaching staff picking and choosing when to use him given his nearly month-long rehab process. He came through the game no worse for the wear and is hoping to be able to do more Sunday when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I feel all right. I’m all right,” Beckham said. “Go home … come back in tomorrow, watch some film, rehab, prehab, get right, short week, short memory, new game on Sunday.”

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah had a big game Monday night, recording three of the Lions’ five sacks.

It was his top sack total since he logged 3.5 in Week 12 of the 2015 season, a 45-14 win over the Eagles.

“Feels great, ‘Monday Night Football,'” Ansah said. “I think it was a team win today — defense, special teams came out to execute, and I thought it was a great win.”

Cornerback Darius Slay said of his teammate’s performance: “Loved it. I loved it. The trio guy — I love it. He was out there going to get it. He’s one of the best in the business at rushing the passer, and he showed it tonight.”

Ansah, who abused Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers, also recorded three quarterback hits and forced a fumble as part of his big night.

“With a pass rush, you just have to know where the tackle is and how he sets and you’ve just got to set him up, and I was able to do one or two things that made me get to the quarterback,” Ansah said when asked about his success.

On This Day: Opera star Maria Callas dies

Sept. 16 (UPI) — On this date in history:

In 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, bound for America.

In 1810, Mexico began its war of independence against Spain.

In 1974, U.S. President Gerald Ford offered conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders. He said they could return to the United States if they performed up to two years of public service.

In 1977, celebrated soprano Maria Callas died in Paris at the age of 53. The opera star died of a heart attack after experiencing a sudden bout of low blood pressure.

In 1978, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Iran, killing more than 25,000 people.

In 1982 Lebanese Christian militiamen entered two Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut, Lebanon, and began what became known as the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Hundreds of people were killed in the three-day rampage.

A memorial to the Sabra and Shatila massacre was erected in Sabra, South Beirut. File Photo by Bertramz/Wikipedia

In 1986, fire and fumes in the Kinross mine killed 177 people in South Africa’s worst gold mine disaster.

In 1994, a U.S. federal court jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion to the fishermen and natives whose lives were affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. There had never been a larger award in a pollution case.

In 1999, Congress doubled the U.S. presidential salary, from $200,000 a year to $400,000, effective in 2001.

In 2007, former NFL running back/actor O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy in a Las Vegas armed robbery. He was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison.

In 2008, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who oversaw the surge of troops into Iraq, was chosen to become commander of the U.S. Central Command that covered all of the Middle East. He was succeeded in Iraq by U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno.

File Photo by Adam M. Stump/Department of Defense

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line in 2009 reached a 15-year high of 14.3 percent — about 43.67 million people — up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, a year earlier. The poverty level represented $10,830 in pretax cash income for a single adult and $22,050 for a family of four.

In 2011, a vintage P-51 Mustang fighter plane crashed into a crowd of onlookers at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nev., killing 11 people, including the 74-year-old pilot, Jimmy Leeward, and injuring about 75 others.

In 2012, the Occupy Wall Street protest marked its first anniversary with a noisy outburst in New York’s Lower Manhattan.

In 2013, a gunman identified as Aaron Alexis of Texas killed 12 people and injured four at the Washington Navy Yard before he was shot to death by a U.S. Park Police officer. The FBI later said Alexis had written that he was under the control of “ultra low-frequency” electromagnetic waves and “to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this.”

In 2014, NASA awarded contracts totaling $6.8 billion for Boeing and SpaceX to build “space taxis” that can carry astronauts to the International Space Station starting in 2017.

File Photo courtesy NASA

Famous birthdays for Sept. 16: Alexis Bledel, Nick Jonas

Sept. 16 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo.

They include:

— England’s King Henry V in 1386

— Department store founder James Cash Penney in 1875

— Artist Jean Arp in 1886

— British car designer Walter Bentley in 1888

— Children’s author/creator of “Curious George” H.A. Rey in 1898

— Actor Lauren Bacall in 1924

File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI

— Blues musician B.B. King in 1925

— Actor Peter Falk in 1927

— Actor Jack Kelly in 1927

— Actor Anne Francis in 1930

— Basketball Hall of Fame member Elgin Baylor in 1934 (age 83)

— Actor Susan Ruttan in 1948 (age 69)

— Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces, Faces) in 1948 (age 69)

— Actor Ed Begley Jr. in 1949 (age 68)

File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

— Actor Mickey Rourke in 1952 (age 65)

— Baseball Hall of Fame member Robin Yount in 1955 (age 62)

— Magician David Copperfield in 1956 (age 61)

— Actor/poker player Jennifer Tilly in 1958 (age 59)

— Comedian Molly Shannon in 1964 (age 53)

— Singer/actor Marc Anthony in 1968 (age 49)

File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

— Comedian Amy Poehler in 1971 (age 46)

— Rapper Flo Rida in 1979 (age 38)

— Actor Alexis Bledel in 1981 (age 36)

— Actor Kyla Pratt in 1986 (age 31)

— Jonas Brothers band member Nick Jonas in 1992 (age 25)

File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon suspended for two more games

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon suspended for two more games

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon received an additional two games tacked onto his suspension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Friday.

Dixon already had been suspended four games in March for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The latest two games are a result of a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, Rapoport reported.

The 23-year-old Dixon will serve his suspension while injured, as he had already been ruled out for the entire season after sustaining a knee injury in July.

Dixon was second on the team in rushing with 382 yards on 88 carries in 12 games during his rookie season in 2016. He ran for two touchdowns and also had 30 catches for 162 yards and a score.

The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder earned an increasing role in the backfield late in the season with double-digit carries in four of his last six games.

Davis Cup: Nick Kyrgios keeps Austrailia even semis

Davis Cup: Nick Kyrgios keeps Austrailia even semis

Nick Kyrgios overcame 65 unforced errors to post a five-set victory over Steve Darcis and help Australia split two matches with Belgium on Friday in the Davis Cup semifinals at Brussels.

Kyrgios delivered 20 aces during the 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 victory over Darcis.

France and Serbia are also tied 1-1 in the other semifinal at Lille, France.

Kyrgios lost the second and third sets before rallying to deliver the much-needed victory in the three-hour, 36-minute match.

“It was incredibly tough,” Kyrgios said afterward. “I knew it was going to be tough, especially on this very slow clay court. But I’ve done everything right.

“I made it my objective this week to get a win for Australia. I’m just glad I got my team a win today. Hopefully the boys can get it done in doubles tomorrow.”

Belgium won the day’s first match when David Goffin outlasted John Millman 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a three-hour, 29-minute match.

“Physically I’m not at my best, but I knew for the team and the fans that I had to leave my heart out on the court,” said Goffin, who has been hampered by a knee injury recently. “To give one point to your country is the best feeling you can have.”

In the other semifinal, Serbia is without injured star Novak Djokovic (elbow) but received a stellar performance from Dusan Lajovic to surprisingly win the first match of the semi.

Lajovic rolled to a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) victory over Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who committed 70 unforced errors.

“The biggest advantage for me was to win the first set,” Lajovic said. “It’s always important in Davis Cup.”

France evened things up later, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga registered a 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3 win over Laslo Djere.

After fighting to win the opening set, Tsonga controlled the final two.

Both semifinals will feature doubles play on Saturday.

France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will face Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Aimonjic, while Australia’s John Peers and Jordan Thompson meet Belgium’s Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans.

Houston Astros move closer to AL West title with win over Seattle Mariners

Houston Astros move closer to AL West title with win over Seattle Mariners

HOUSTON — Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis recorded multi-hit games, Charlie Morton delivered a quality start, and the Houston Astros inched closer to an American League West pennant with a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros (89-58) reduced their magic number to clinch the division to two games, pending the result of the Los Angeles Angels‘ game against the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Houston jumped on Mariners left-hander James Paxton (12-4) for three first-inning runs in his return from a five-week stint on the disabled list.

Correa finished 2-for-4 while Gattis went 2-for-3 with a walk. Both recorded run-scoring hits in support of Morton (12-7), who allowed just one run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six innings. It marked the first time Morton worked at least six innings while allowing fewer than two runs since a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 16.

Seattle (74-74) had its three-game winning streak snapped but did not lose ground in the chase for the second AL wild card. The Minnesota Twins dropped a 4-3 decision to Toronto.

The Mariners anticipated Paxton making between 50-60 pitches, and he hit that minimum on the nose. However, what was unexpected was the brevity of his outing and his struggles.

Four batters into the bottom of the first the Astros had scored twice as many runs against Paxton as they did in their three previous starts against him this season. When Correa followed an RBI single by Jose Altuve that scored Springer with a run-scoring double, the Astros led 2-0.

Gattis added to the ambush with a single to center field that scored Altuve for a 3-0 lead. When Springer ripped a one-out double to left in the second inning Paxton got the hook, having allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. Before making his first appearance since Aug. 10, Paxton had surrendered just one earned run over 20 innings against the Astros this season.

NOTES: Astros RHP Lance McCullers will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, the result of which will determine his status moving forward. McCullers was scratched from his start on Wednesday due to arm fatigue. Should he complete his bullpen without a hitch, he is likely to start on Tuesday against the White Sox. … Mariners starters fell to 6-2 with a 3.34 ERA over 14 starts this month. Mariners LHP James Paxton had his streak of quality starts snapped at nine. … Astros RHP Collin McHugh is available to pitch out of the bullpen after leaving his previous start on Sept. 8 at Oakland with a right middle finger avulsion. McHugh is a candidate to start on Tuesday against the White Sox should RHP Lance McCullers remain limited by arm fatigue.

South Florida Bulls roll past Illinois Illini

South Florida Bulls roll past Illinois Illini

TAMPA, Fla. — Bouncing back from two lackluster wins to start the season, No. 22 South Florida dominated Illinois, piling up 680 yards of total offense in a 47-23 victory on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium.

USF (3-0) got a strong game from quarterback Quinton Flowers, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth, finishing with 280 passing yards and 106 rushing. The Bulls also got 100-yard rushing games from running backs D’Ernest Johnson (101 yards) and Darius Tice (105 yards), getting three players over 100 for just the second time in school history.

Illinois (2-1) struggled on both sides of the ball in Illini coach Lovie Smith‘s return to Tampa, with USF scoring 21 straight points after the Illini had pulled within a touchdown just before halftime.

Flowers rushed for a touchdown on the final play of the first half for a 23-9 lead, then threw a pair of 17-yard touchdown passes in the third quarter to Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Johnson to pull away.

Illinois added a 21-yard touchdown pass from backup Jeff George Jr. to Mike Epstein in the fourth quarter. George threw for 197 yards in relief of starter Chayce Crouch.

Illinois got its first touchdown on a 45-yard run by Epstein, but managed just 19 yards on its other 11 carries entering the fourth quarter.

USF dominated the first half, taking a 23-9 lead after Flowers scored on a 6-yard touchdown run as the first half ended.

The two teams had 26 penalties for 240 yards in the first half, with USF getting 14 for 130 yards and Illinois 12 for 110.

The score could have been more lopsided. USF had a field goal blocked, and Flowers threw an interception in the end zone.

The Bulls got a 39-yard touchdown pass from Flowers to Deangelo Antoine, and after a 15-yard penalty on the extra point, the kick was blocked and returned by Nate Hobbs for a two-point conversion for Illinois, which then trailed 6-2.

Emilio Nadelman kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter, and Tice added a 10-yard touchdown run for a 16-2 USF lead with 9:12 left in the second period.

Illinois pulled within a score on a 45-yard touchdown run by freshman Epstein, cutting the Bulls’ lead to 16-9 with 2:18 left in the half.

But the Bulls answered with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Flowers threw a 32-yard pass to the 6-yard line, quickly spiked the ball to stop the clock, then ran it in as time expired for a 23-9 lead.

USF outgained Illinois 384-140 in the first half, with Flowers, Tice and Johnson all rushing for more than 60 yards in the half.

NOTES: Illinois coach Lovie Smith returned to Tampa and Raymond James Stadium, where he was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15, going 8-24. The two NFL teams he was head coach for, the Bears and Bucs, play there on Sunday. … Two players — USF’s Deadrin Senat and Illinois’ Stanley Green — were flagged for targeting and ejected from the game.

Los Angeles Dodgers blank Washington Nationals behind Alex Wood

Los Angeles Dodgers blank Washington Nationals behind Alex Wood

WASHINGTON — Alex Wood allowed just three hits in six scoreless innings and was backed by three early home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Washington Nationals 7-0 on Friday night in a showdown of first-place teams with the two best records in the National League.

The Dodgers (95-52), who had lost eight of their previous 10 outings, entered with a magic number of seven to clinch the NL West. The Nationals (89-58) have lost three of four since clinching the NL East title Sunday.

Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig (2-for-4) and Corey Seager (three-run shot) each had home runs for the Dodgers in the first two innings.

Wood (15-3), who had lost his previous two starts, had eight strikeouts and just one walk before Pedro Baez came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning. Brock Stewart went two innings to finish the 15th shutout of the season for the Dodgers.

The loser was Edwin Jackson (5-6), who has given up 12 runs in his last two starts in just six innings. Andre Ethier added two hits for the Dodgers, who beat the Nationals in five games in the NL Division Series last year.

Turner hit his 20th homer of the year, a solo shot with two outs in the first, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The homer came on a 3-2 fastball and was the first for Turner since Sept. 8 against the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers scored five in the second for a 6-0 lead.

Puig led off with his 26th homer to make it 2-0. Ethier drove in Chase Utley with a ground-rule double that right fielder Jayson Werth appeared to lose in the twilight as the Dodgers assumed a 3-0 advantage.

Seager hit a three-run homer — his 20th home run of the season — later in the second with two outs to make it 6-0.

Utley drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the third to push the lead to 7-0 and send Jackson to the showers. The veteran right-hander gave up six hits (three homers) and seven runs with two walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Wood allowed just three hits and no runs in the first five innings and did a good job of mixing in secondary pitches with his fastball.

NOTES: The Nationals won two of three against the Dodgers in June in Los Angeles. … Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (9-8, 3.67 ERA) will face Nationals RHP A.J. Cole (2-4, 4.30) on Saturday. … Washington manager Dusty Baker played in the World Series for the Dodgers in 1977, 1978 and 1981. He is one win shy of winning 90 games for the 10th time as a manager. … Dodgers CF Chris Taylor, a University of Virginia product, was 0-for-3 with two walks in the leadoff spot. … Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2003. He has played for 12 major league teams.