By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON -- Conor Jackson didnt see the wall.
Even if he did, he probably wouldnt have slowed down anyways.
Jackson, who was acquired by the Red Sox on August 31, made his first start in right field on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. He was excited to play and didnt plan on holding anything back. So when Ian Kinsler hit a deep fly ball in the third inning, he chased after it and his right knee, along with his forearm and wrist, collided with the bullpen wall.
It was a ball in the gap, carried a lot more than I thought it was going to go, Jackson recounted. Usually when you know a balls going to go far, usually you know about five or six steps youre looking to see where you are. When a ball is hit and the wind takes it a little bit, you kind of dont have that luxury, I guess, and first day out in right field Im not going to hold up on a fly ball. Pretty close to catching it and felt like I ran into a truck.
Jackson stayed in the game for the remainder of the inning and rode an exercise bike to test his knee, but did not return after feeling pain when he tried to run sprints in the tunnel.
It was tough, he said of leaving the game with a bruised right knee. I wanted to go back out. If you would have told me I would have been out, I wish it would have been like a gunshot to the knee or something instead of running into a wall.
Jackson will continue to ice his knee and see how he feels on Monday. But if he found himself in that same situation again, the pain he felt on Sunday would not hold him back from hustling after the fly ball another time.
It was definitely a good learning lesson for me, but on the flipside, Im going go out, Im going to try to catch that ball every time, he said. Obviously Ill be a little more wary of where I am, but Im not going to try to not make that play again.
Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to nine games after connecting on a third inning double. He is batting .306 (11-for-36) during his streak.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit safely in his last five games against the Rangers, his former team (.412, 5 RBIs, 4 runs, 3 doubles, 2 homeruns).
Matt Albers pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. After struggling in August, Terry Francona is not going to shy away from the reliever. Hell be a guy were not going to run away from, for sure, he said.
While the Red Sox gave up 11 runs and 15 hits, those numbers were not season highs. The most runs allowed in a game this season is 16 and most hits allowed in a nine-inning game is 19, both against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 11.
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