Like the Boston Red Sox, Shane Victorino is looking to rebound.
The Flyin' Hawaiian was dealt from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer and wound up hitting .255 -- 20 points below his career average -- with 11 homers and 39 RBIs.
"There was a lot on my plate," he said. "There were things you can't control. And I try to control those kinds of things. But I put those things behind me and I tried to do the best I could and tried to fulfill and finish the season as strong as I could."
The 32-year-old outfielder became a free agent after the season and signed a $39 million, three-year contract with the Red Sox, coming off a last-place finish at 69-93 last year for their most losses since 1965.
"People talk about the storied franchise, talk about the history behind that ballpark, when I was there doing that press conference, just started getting that adrenaline rush, started to really hit home that this is going to be called home for me the next three years," he said. "I'm excited. I'm going to go out there and give 100 percent, and I'm going to let the fans make the decision on falling in love or not."
Victorino joins first baseman Mike Napoli, shortstop Stephen Drew, pitchers Ryan Dempster and Joel Hanrahan, outfielder Jonny Gomes and catcher David Ross on the new-look Red Sox, who fired manager Bobby Valentine and replaced him with John Farrell.
-The Associated Press
Jeter's ankle 'healed perfectly'
New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter said Sunday his rehabilitation of the broken left ankle he suffered in Game 1 of last season's ALCS against the Tigers is going according to schedule, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, via HardballTalk.
“I’m right where I’m supposed to be," said Jeter. "Up until this point, the ankle has healed perfectly, now it’s just a matter of getting everything else in shape... I’m going to have to push myself, but Opening Day has been the goal all along.”
Jeter hit .364 in the ALDS against the Orioles before going just 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the ALCS opener.
Santana on the mound
New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana actually threw from the mound today in his first bullpen session of spring training, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
For the Mets, who finished seven games back of the Phils with a 74-88 record last season, a healthy Santana could be the answer for opening day.