Morning Notes: Girardi watches Grandy

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
11:21
AM ET
TAMPA, Fla. -- No big news this morning, just little things that you had to watch for. For instance:

1. GRANDERSON HITS, GIRARDI WATCHES: Center fielder Curtis Granderson, who struggled through 2012 despite leading the team with 43 home runs, had a session in the indoor batting cage this morning and Joe Girardi, who normally wanders out to the back field to watch the pitchers, came down to keep an eye on Grandy instead. And in between rounds -- he alternated with Dan Johnson -- Granderson and Girardi engaged in what appeared to be pretty serious conversation.

Afterward, Girardi wouldn't give me anything about what went on except to say, "You have a keen eye." Oh, yeah, and to remind me not to post the muscle-up video.

Later, Jack Curry of the YES Network tweeted that Grandy would take fly balls in left field today. So that's what that was all about.

2. KURODA ON THE HILL: Hiroki Kuroda will throw a round of live BP at 12:15 p.m. on the main field at Steinbrenner to a group that includes Granderson, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Juan Rivera. None of the other starters or relievers is slated to throw BP today.

3. PHELPS ON TRACK TO START SATURDAY: David Phelps and Adam Warren are throwing side sessions this morning, and assuming both go OK, Phelps will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Braves in Kissimmee and Warren will start Sunday against the Blue Jays at The Boss.

4. NO, TAGUCHI! That was the New York Post headline the morning of Oct. 14, 2006, when So Taguchi, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, belted a ninth-inning home run off Billy Wagner to start the Mets on the road to ruin in the NLCS. Well, Taguchi, now 43 and retired, was in the Yankees' clubhouse this morning, chatting up his Japanese countryman Kuroda. Wonder if Taguchi will stop at St. Lucie while he's in Florida.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146