Morning notes: BPs and more BPs

February, 21, 2014
2/21/14
10:27
AM ET
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 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