Postgame notes: McDonald happy latest stop is Boston

Postgame notes: McDonald happy latest stop is Boston
September 1, 2013, 9:15 pm
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The Red Sox are ex-Phillie John McDonald's fifth organization this year, but he's happy to be home.

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BOSTON --  John McDonald’s New England roots run deep. He grew up in East Lyme, Conn., went to Providence College, and lives in Scituate, Mass.
In his 15th big league season, he finally gets a homecoming of sorts. McDonald was acquired by the Red Sox from the Phillies on Saturday. He arrived at Fenway Park on Sunday, just as the series finale against the White Sox was beginning.
“It’s a very comfortable situation to walk into,” McDonald said. “Obviously where we are in the standings, that's a good place to be. It’s where everyone wants to be, first place right now. So, just try and contribute and do my part.”
McDonald, 38, was drafted by the Indians in the 12th round in 1996 out of Providence. He has learned through the years not to wonder or worry about his role.  This season, though, has been a bit of a whirlwind for him. The Sox are his sixth big league team – and the fifth  organization he’s been with this year.
In March he was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Pirates, who traded him in June to the Indians, who traded him 17 days later to the Phillies. He wasn’t really expecting another trade at this point in the season.
“No, not really,” he said. “Just coming to the ballpark, trying to prepare. When you’re out of a race, I guess, in the back of your mind you hope that you’ll get the opportunity to go somewhere to play in a pennant race, especially as you put more years in the game and you know you don’t have as many years left. Everyone wants that opportunity to be part of a team that’s going into October.”
His family is glad he’ll get that opportunity at home.
“They’re very excited,” he said. “My daughter was very excited last night. She can’t wait for me to come home and hang out and then put her to bed tonight. Everyone’s pretty excited. But growing up in Connecticut, they’re happy to have me back in New England. It’s just the Yankee fans. They’re on the other side of the fence. But growing up in New England, and getting to play in Fenway, and to put this uniform on today, it’s pretty awesome.”
Shane Victorino left after the sixth inning with a left hip contusion. He slid into first when he grounded out in the fourth, aggravating an issue that’s been nagging him.
“He’s had a contusion he’s been dealing with and its affecting some of the other areas he’s been managing for a while,” said manager John Farrell. “We fully expect him back in the lineup tomorrow. When he aggravates it, it begins to shut some things down on him and he feels. So we got him out of there.”
Jacoby Ellsbury left in the ninth after jamming his left thumb on some swings at the plate. After the game, his thumb was still swollen after icing it. He expects to play tomorrow, he said. Quintin Berry made his Red Sox debut, replacing Ellsbury in center field.
“There were a couple of at-bats where [Ellsbury] got jammed banging on the bone inside the thumb,” Farrell said. “So we’re hopeful and expect him to be on the field tomorrow. Jacoby has a little swelling in that hand so it could affect his throws.”
Jarrod Saltalamacchia stole second base in the second inning. It was his second career stolen base, along with one on Sept. 3, 2011, against the Rangers. . . . Stephen Drew hit a solo home run in the third inning. Among American League shortstops, He trails only Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy, who entered Sunday with 23 home runs.  Drew has reached in each of his last eight games, batting .269, going 7-for-26, with five walks. . . . Despite going 0-for-3, Daniel Nava reached base with a seventh-inning walk. He has now reached in a career-high 36 straight starts since June 22, the longest active streak in the majors.

Left-hander Craig Breslow gave up a solo home run to Tyler Flowers in the eighth inning, ending a career-high streak of 16 appearances without giving up a home run. His 13 2/3 innings in that stretch matched the longest such streak of his career, along with Aug. 31–Sept. 4, 2009.