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Some pitchers have trouble finding the plate. Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn’t find the ballpark. Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A’s when he drove to the wrong stadium. Fitting, too — he once walked eight batters in a no-hitter, and has never been known for great location. Jackson took the blame for this errant wind-up. The 31-year-old veteran said he typed “Oakland Athletics spring training complex” into the Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Too bad for Jackson, he didn’t realize Oakland no longer played there. Instead, the A’s moved out after last spring and now host games about 5 miles away at Hohokam Stadium. “It was my fault for not looking to see where it was,” Jackson said.

— AP

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