Red Sox promote Yoan Moncada to Double-A

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The Red Sox have promoted second base prospect Yoan Moncada to Double-A Portland, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Moncada was performing quite well at Single-A Salem, batting .307/.427/.496 with 25 doubles, 34 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Moncada left Cuba and wound up signing with the Red Sox on a $31.5 million bonus in March 2015. He performed well at Single-A Greenville last year and has performed even better this year.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was very complimentary of Moncada, saying, “He’s a very good offensive player. He drives the ball. He hits for an average. He’s walked a lot this year. It’s probably just the overall skills of learning the game. Probably a little bit more work defensively than offensively.”

Dombrowski wouldn’t commit to a future change of positions for Moncada, but second base is currently occupied by Dustin Pedroia, who is under contract with the Red Sox through 2021.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.