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Notes: Ellsbury's silent spring

HOUSTON -- The first batter of the Yankees' season will be a player barely seen or heard from all spring. Could a $153 million man, a former Red Sox-turned-Yankee, have had a quieter spring than Jacoby Ellsbury?

Ellsbury didn't play in a major league exhibition game the final two-plus weeks of camp due to a calf injury. In that time, he vowed to be ready for Opening Day but said little else.

The Yankees, however, didn't sign him to be talkative. He came from Boston with a reputation for being a guy who wasn't going to fill up notebooks. And he was barely around the clubhouse this spring (at least when reporters were present).

But now, Ellsbury will be the center of attention Tuesday night when he begins the Yankees' 2014 season.

OPENING PITCHING MATCHUPS: Here are your pitching matchups against the Houston Astros: Tuesday, CC Sabathia (14-13, 4.78 ERA in 2013) versus Scott Feldman (12-12, 4.78); Wednesday, Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.31) versus Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.95); Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.10) versus Brett Oberholtzer (4-5, 2.76)

FINAL WORKOUT: The Yankees will hold their final workout at 5 ET in Houston. In the meantime, we have a preview column and blogs. Just click the "New York Yankees" at the top of the site for everything. For more on Ellsbury, click here.

QUESTION: What are your expectations for Ellsbury?