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New York Yankees Roster Moves 2012: Darnell McDonald Picked Up Off Waivers

The New York Yankees have picked up Darnell McDonald off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, according to a report from Marc Feinsand of the New York Daily News, and he will join New York on Friday to meet his former team.

McDonald batted .214 with two home runs and nine RBI in 38 games with the Red Sox this season. The 33-year old has spent parts of six seasons in the MLB, with a .248 career batting average, 19 home runs and 78 RBI.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said earlier this week that it was a difficult decision to let McDonald go.

Via the Boston Globe:

"Really tough. Darnell is one of those guys you just love having around. He helped us win some games this year with some big plays, defensively and offensively," the manager said. "One of the guys in the clubhouse that's really well respected.

"It's a game of numbers and it seemed with all the outfielders who were eventually going to come back, his number was eventually going to be pulled and we decided today would be the day."

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