Jackson, dealt from Arizona to Chicago last year, will start for the latter against the former on Friday, and he'll be matched against the pitcher -- Daniel Hudson -- who was the chief name on the other side of the ledger. Jackson, who spent just one season with Arizona, wasn't sure if the fans would remember him.
"Who knows? We'll see tomorrow," he said as to how he'll be received. "Time will tell."
It's an interesting development for Jackson, who has endured a seemingly never-ending spate of transactions in the last few years. The high-octane right-hander was traded from the Dodgers to the Rays before the 2006 season, and after two years with Tampa Bay, he was traded to Detroit in December of 2008.
Jackson was named an All-Star in his lone season with the Tigers, and then he was dealt to Arizona before the 2010 campaign -- and again to the White Sox right before last July's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Now, just 27 years old, Jackson is ready to face off against another familiar opponent.
"It's just another day. I look at everyone the same, and try to go out and win a game," Jackson said of facing Arizona. "I've been traded [four] times. Any personal part of it has been out the door. It's not like it's my first time being traded. If I was going to take it personal, then there would be a lot of teams I [would] take it personal against."
The White Sox have to hope Jackson can generate a personal edge to help them continue their somewhat recent surge. Chicago has won 10 of its last 15 games -- and 22 of its last 37 -- to help dig out from a slow start. Still, despite that rebound, the White Sox haven't been within a game of .500 since April 17 (7-8).
Arizona, meanwhile, is comfortably over the breakeven mark despite some middling recent results. The D-backs are 5-6 in their last 11, and 8-8 in their last 16 games. But they remain within easy hailing distance of the first-place Giants at 1 1/2 games out, and Arizona is just a game out of the top spot in the Wild Card hunt.
Hudson, a former fifth-round draftee of the White Sox, went 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 starts for Arizona last season, and he's come back to notch a 7-5 record and a 3.82 ERA this season. The 24-year-old has managed to complete at least six innings in all but one of his first 14 starts this season. He said he's looking forward to the coincidental challenge.
"Obviously it's going to be pretty cool to face those guys, guys I played with and everything like that, and even more cool to be facing a guy that I got traded for," Hudson said. "It will be interesting to see how it goes. Obviously, I might be a little jacked up at the beginning, but in the end, it's just another game.
"It's kind of cool how it worked out. I was supposed to face [John] Danks and then [Chicago's rainout on Tuesday against Minnesota] happened and it pushed everybody back. I don't know if it was coincidence or not, but it's pretty neat."
White Sox: Three starts make difference in Jackson's numbers
Jackson has seen nearly half of his earned runs -- 19 of 39 -- allowed in three starts. He has a 2.78 ERA in his other 11 outings, and Jackson said on Thursday that he won't be able to rely on his knowledge of his ex-teammates as hitters. The scouting report, he insisted, is different from moment to moment.
"People change," he said. "Somebody could say they tried to get a feel for me, and if I go out and they say, 'Make him throw strikes' and I'm throwing strikes, then they have to change the approach. People always work on their weaknesses, so you never know what someone can or can't do on that day."
D-backs: Hudson trending in right direction
Arizona's starting rotation has a 4-4 record and a 3.44 ERA in June (37 earned runs in 96 2/3 innings pitched). Hudson, meanwhile has seen his ERA move progressively downward from April (5.64) to May (3.02) and June (2.70).
His success, in this case, is no mystery to the people in either clubhouse.
"We are, obviously, very happy to have Edwin here. But at the same time, you don't want to lose a good friend on the team," Danks said of Hudson. "He was a guy I kind of hung out with. Obviously, it's good to see him doing so well in Arizona. It will be fun to see him for sure."
The White Sox are 57-38 in June since 2008, notching the second-best winning percentage (.600) in the Major Leagues over that span. Only Boston (.674) has performed better in June over the last three-plus seasons.