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Johnny Damon praises Red Sox for handling of David Ortiz situation

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Johnny Damon praises Red Sox for handling of David Ortiz situation

Johnny Damon didn't end his tenure in Boston on the greatest terms with the Red Sox organization, but he's putting those differences aside after the shocking David Ortiz shooting.

The Red Sox sent a plane to the Dominican Republic on Monday so Ortiz could be transported to Boston and treated at Mass General. Damon praised and thanked the organization for taking care of his friend and former teammate.

"The Red Sox did such a great job at going down to the Dominican and bringing him back to some of the great hospitals and doctors we have up in Boston," Damon told TMZ Sports.

"Thank you, Red Sox, for doing the right thing and getting him up in Boston and taking care of him."

Ortiz underwent his second surgery Monday night in Boston. The latest report on his condition states he took a few steps and spoke with loved ones on Tuesday.

One of the two suspects in the shooting has been arrested and reportedly will be charged with attempted murder. The second suspect has yet to be identified.

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Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox on Monday paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

At a nearly-empty Fenway Park, the Red Sox honored Memorial Day by dropping the American flag over the Green Monster. Robert Bean, a Medford, Mass., native and retired member of the United States Marine Corps and National Guard, performed “Taps” to top off the moving tribute.

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Boston was supposed to host the Kansas City Royals for a Memorial Day matchup. Unfortunately, we were unable to be treated to baseball on the holiday, but credit to the Red Sox for going on with their tribute to our fallen heroes.

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.