From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- Hawaiian Shane Victorino was so excited to arrive in Boston in the chill of December he ordered some New England clam chowder at dinner and sent a picture to his Twitter followers.That's when he got his first lesson."It's CHOWDA, Shane!" Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury corrected him."That was the first real message from Jacoby for Boston," Victorino said Thursday at a news conference to announce the 39 million, three-year deal he agreed to at the winter meetings. "I've got to learn the lingo."Victorino joins Ellsbury in the Red Sox outfield, with the opportunity to replace the 2011 AL MVP runner-up when Ellsbury's contract expires at the end of next season. In the meantime, Victorino is slotted for right field, where he has not played regularly since 2007."I always look at it as, I'm going to help this team win,'" Victorino said. "I came in as a right fielder. ... Don't get me wrong, I love center field, I want to be a center fielder, but I play right. I'm excited for the opportunity. I might wrap myself around that pole, but if I've got to go get the ball I've got to go get it."Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said adding a "center field-quality right fielder" was one of his goals for the offseason. It's also been important to add players who can improve the chemistry of a team that collapsed in September 2011 and never got in position to collapse in 2012."He fits perfectly into our short- and long-term plan," Cherington said. "He's been an outstanding performer for a lot of years in a tough place to play. He's been a big part of great teams. We're thrilled to add him to our team and to our clubhouse."Victorino said he followed the problems in Boston from afar, and he thinks the chemistry problems can be solved by winning."The last two years have definitely been tough for the Red Sox, the organization. But I look forward to 2013 and being the team we could be," he said, noting that he experienced his own disappointment this fall after making the playoffs five years in a row. "I fell short last year. It wasn't fun to be home at the beginning of October."Nicknamed the Flyin' Hawaiian, Victorino is a .275 hitter with 90 homers in seven full seasons. He came up to the major leagues with San Diego but played most of his career with Philadelphia before he was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 trade deadline."I always said Fenway was one of my favorites-- there and Wrigley, because of the tradition," he said from an event room in the ballpark, where the scoreboard welcomed him to Boston. "To call this home for the next three years, I'm ecstatic."There is no convincing. It's Boston; that, in itself, says it all. It's the Red Sox. It's a historic franchise."Victorino said his experience with the demanding Phillies fans should also help prepare him for Boston."I'm hoping it's not worse than Philly," he said. "I hope it's not that tough because that was a very tough market. I played in Philly all those years. That was a trying experience."Also Thursday, Cherington said he had nothing to announce on Mike Napoli, the catcher-first baseman who also agreed to a 39 million, three-year deal during the winter meetings, pending a physical. That contract has yet to be announced."Our hope is that we'll be able to resolve the issues," Cherington said. "We're working on it."Cherington did not comment on negotiations with Ryan Dempster, who finished last season with the Texas Rangers. Later Thursday, the team reached an agreement with him on a two-year, 26.5 million deal, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal was pending a physical."We're engaged with a pitcher," Cherington said, without mentioning Dempster by name. "That's all I can say at this point."
After being cut from the Detriot Lions last week, Stevan Ridely has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
The @Colts have signed free agent running back Stevan Ridley. Career 685 rushes for 2,907 yards (4.2 avg) with 22 touchdowns in five seasons— Matt Conti (@ColtsConti) August 28, 2016
The running back played for the Patriots for four seasons (2011-2014), averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 22 touchdowns in 52 games. He only played in six game in his final year with New England as a result of a torn ACL and MCL.
Ridley played for the AFC-East rival New York Jets in 2015 with a limited role in the nine games he played.
Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City to attend to a family matter, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.
Drellich also reports that Pedroia may miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, too.
This of course comes after Pedroia went 11-for-11 over a three-game stretch, and saw the streak end in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.
Pedroia is batting .398 (37-for-93) through 24 games in August, with a .430 on-base percentage. Boston's second baseman is one of -- if not the -- team's hottest hitter this month, hitting .458 (33-for-72) since moving to the leadoff role.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.