Morning notes: BPs and more BPs

February, 21, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- The entire Yankees starting rotation was on display this morning, but only one pitcher drew a "Woooo!" from a hitter, and I'll give you a second or two to guess which one.

That's right, Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million No. 3 starter, was as good as advertised to Austin Romine, who had the misfortune to hit against him rather than catch him. I'll have a news story with the rest of Romine's interesting -- and revealing -- reactions up shortly.

CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda also threw to hitters this morning, and I'll have a blog on CC's reaction to his outing, and why he's pretty sure he'll have a good 2014 season, a little later on.

Otherwise, it will be a normal spring training workout day beginning about 11 a.m. Derek Jeter and the rest of the regulars will take batting practice against regular (i.e., soft-tossing) BP pitchers on the main field beginning around 11:50. It also looks as if some rain might fall on the Yankees for the first time this spring; the skies are overcast and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next couple of days.

Break out the razors: Tomorrow is team photo day, and players were instructed to arrive by 7 a.m. in a clean, white home uniform. Pitchers were told to bring a glove, hitters to bring a bat. And of course, there was this notation, all in caps, on the notice: PLEASE BE CLEAN-SHAVEN.

Of course.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146