Boston Red Sox: Joe McDonald

Last day at the PDC

February, 25, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It’s moving day at the player development complex.

It’s the last workout here for the players in big league camp as spring training shifts to the City of Palms Park two miles up Edison Avenue. In fact, if all goes as planned, this could be the last day ever here as the Red Sox will be moving into a new facility next February.

It’s a quick day here today as the Red Sox will host their annual charity golf tournament. Slugger Adrian Gonzalez is in the cage already this morning, hitting off a tee.

Check back later for more updates.

Good morning from the Fort

February, 21, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's another beautiful day here at the player development complex.

It's the third day of full squad workouts and the spring training routine is in full swing. The mornings start pretty early here and there are already players hitting in the cages behind the media center.

I'm heading to the clubhouse now and then will be roaming the fields here, so check back around noon for the latest updates from camp.

Video: News conference on Mondor's death

October, 4, 2010
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Ben Mondor, the owner of the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate, passed away Sunday evening at his home in Warwick, R.I. He was 85.

Mondor had just completed his 34th year as PawSox owner. He purchased the bankrupt franchise in 1977 and brought it to national prominence.

PawSox team president Mike Tamburro spoke briefly during a news conference at McCoy Stadium Monday afternoon.

Source: Red Sox claim Napoli

August, 29, 2010
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox have claimed catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli off waivers, according to a league source.

The Red Sox have until Monday afternoon to work out a deal with the Angels for Napoli, but it’s unlikely the deal will get done, the source said. The Red Sox may have put in the claim to block another team from acquiring Napoli.

The right-handed hitting Napoli, who has seen significant time at first this season with Kendry Morales injured, is batting .249 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs in 113 games.

McDonald continues to serve

July, 11, 2010
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TORONTO -- Darnell McDonald may not be an All-Star, but he’s been a tremendous asset for the Boston Red Sox this season.

With the All-Star break here, McDonald ended the first half of the season the same way he started his Sox career when he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on April 20 -- with a game-changing home run.

After outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron were placed on the disabled list in April, the Red Sox summoned McDonald and Josh Reddick from the PawSox. McDonald was quickly thrust into the lineup as a late-inning pinch-hitter and provided a two-run, game-tying home run against the Rangers before collecting a two-out walk-off single to win the game in the ninth inning.

He’s remained with the club ever since, and on Sunday he belted a two-run homer to help Boston to a 3-2 victory.

“Every day is special for me, but man, it’s been a great ride,” he said. “By no means am I satisfied with what I’ve done. I’m definitely happy to be able to come up here and contribute and help the team win. There are still things to come and things I can work on to become a better player at this level.”

“Sometimes you come up and try to do too much,” he added. “It definitely helped getting off to a good start. The biggest things are the opportunities and I’ve been given a lot of opportunities. Every day I want to take advantage of those opportunities. The guys around me have made me feel comfortable and have made me feel a part of this team.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona knows exactly how important McDonald’s contributions have been this season. McDonald is hitting .271 with six homers and 24 RBIs.

“He’s been a valuable member of what we’re doing,” Francona said. “When he first got here, I think he was trying to show he belonged in the big leagues, and now he knows he belongs. He’s valuable to our team and he’s taken it and ran with it. He’s been tremendous.”

There's no keeping Pedroia down

June, 30, 2010
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BOSTON –- There’s no way Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be able to keep Dustin Pedroia under control for the foreseeable future.

It didn’t take long for the Red Sox second baseman to become completely fed up and bored with being on the disabled list with a fracture left foot. And it’s been only three days since he suffered the injury in San Francisco.

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Joe McDonald/ESPNBoston Dustin Pedroia taking grounders at Fenway Park.

Pedroia spent Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park taking ground balls from his knees.

“I failed miserably,” Francona said. “He’s a maniac. He knows he can’t put any weight on that foot and he knows he’s going to slow himself down if he does, so he’ll abide by the rules, but he’ll bend them as much as he can.”

“He’s going to do everything in his power to be ready to go when the bell rings, whenever that is,” Francona said. “That’s what makes him so special. He’s unique.”

Pedroia, sporting a walking cast and crutches, asked teammate John Lackey for help up the dugout steps.

“What are you doing?” asked Lackey.

“Going to take ground balls. I’m polishing the machine,” responded the All-Star second baseman.

“You’re crazy,” said Lackey.

With that Pedroia made his way out to the grass at second baseman, tossed his crutches to the ground, grabbed his glove and yelled to third base coach Tim Bogar to grab a fungo bat. Pedroia dropped to his knees and took five minutes of grounders, simulating a drill infielders usually do during spring training.

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