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Jackson added to the RF competition

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 1, 2011 11:57 AM

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Here is what we do know for sure: The Red Sox will have a player in right field for Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Who that player will be is anybody's guess.

The Mystery Guest has arrived and it's Conor Jackson, a righthanded hitter who last hit a home run off a lefty pitcher in 2008. Yes, 2008. Jackson is a career .286/.384/.441 hitter against lefties. But he is coming off an 8-for-53 August.

He will arrive today and join what essentially will be a tryout camp for the next 28 days. Here are the candidates:

Josh Reddick: He has the job for now. But a .208/.265/.338 August created doubts. Reddick also has zero playoff experience and didn't inspire confidence with that error last night.

J.D. Drew: Assuming he is not stung by a bee first, he'll eventually be activated and manager Terry Francona seems very inclined to give him a shot. Drew almost certainly won't be here next season. But does he have one final run left? His 55 games of playoff experience have to be factored in the decision.

Darnell McDonald: His hope is to make the playoff roster and be used against lefties. The arrival of Jackson would seem to indicate the Red Sox aren't sold on that.

Conor Jackson: He is a former first-round pick now playing for his third team in a span of 14 months. Jackson could be the next Cody Ross. Or he could be sent home before the playoffs.

My guess for Game 1? Drew. Who do you think?

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