LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Edwin Jackson is setting himself up for a chance to be the Detroit Tigers' opening day starter.
All he cares about is getting the ball every five days.
Jackson, acquired in an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched into the fifth inning for the Tigers in a 9-3 loss to the New York Mets on Friday and gave up homers to Cory Sullivan and Jose Valentin.
Jackson threw three hitless innings before giving up the homers in the fourth. Tigers Manager Jim Leyland sent Jackson out for the fifth, the first Tigers' pitcher to go that far this spring, then pulled him after his 60th pitch.