Afternoon Notes: Hiro, Youk & Roker

March, 11, 2013
3/11/13
4:57
PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. -- Before the Yankees bring back Scott Brosius, let's get to some afternoon notes:

1.) HIRO PERFORMANCE: Hiroki Kuroda continues to look very good this spring. He pitched four scoreless innings against the Cardinals and allowed just three hits, walking none while striking out six. He already looks ready for the regular season.

"I'm getting there,: Kuroda said.

2.) TRUE YANKEE: In the fourth, Kevin Youkilis hit an absolute bomb of a homer run. As he rounded the bases you could hear a lot of, "Yoooooooooooooooouk," in the crowd.

Youkilis also played first on Monday. Since he won a Gold Glove at the position in 2007, there is no question he can play it; Joe Girardi just wants him to get some reps there.

3.) FRANCISCO TREAT: Girardi said new acquisition Ben Francisco will have a "chance" to make this team because he hits lefties well. In his career, Francisco has a .743 OPS vs. lefties and a .755 OPS against righties.

4.) WHO'S THAT? During warmups, there was a No. 98, who was noticeably behind the rest of the group during running drills.

Who was it? Al Roker, who was filming a segment for his Weather Channel show and "Today."

5.) BROSIUS: Just to make sure there is no Twitter eruption, I was kidding about Brosius.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAB. Gardner .285
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 47
RB. Gardner 54
OPSM. Teixeira .805
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135