Jackson makes debut in place of ill Crawford

Jackson makes debut in place of ill Crawford

BOSTON -- Conor Jackon's first start with the Red Sox wasn't supposed to come until Sunday, with Darnell McDonald earning right field duties against Rangers lefty Derek Holland on Friday night.

But Carl Crawford was a late scratch due to illness, allowing Jackson, who was acquired from the A's on Wednesday -- just in time to be eligible for the postseason roster -- to make his first appearance with the Sox in left field.

"It was incredible from the home side," Jackson said after the Sox's 10-0 loss. "That dugout -- it's quite a place to play. It has a reputation, and it definitely upheld it."

Jackson was 0-for-3 with a strikeout, though he was just one of nine who played victim in Holland's seven shutout innings.

Jackson began the night in left field before moving to first base when the game got out of hand. He had patrolled left field at Fenway before, but the Green Monster was still intimidating.

"This is not an easy outfield," he said. "Right and left, there are a lot of little quirks -- and left is tricky. It takes some games to get under your belt before you feel extremely comfortable out there."

Jackson said he didn't have time to ask Crawford for advice in left, as he was "out of commission."

"The old intestinal turmoil," said manager Terry Francona. "He was really sick before the game. It was like 10 minutes before the game. He had gotten sick, but he wanted to play. That was when breakfast came up. When lunch came up, it was time to call it a night."

Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.