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Friday, March 1, 2013
Morning Notes: Youk's return

By Wallace Matthews

TAMPA, Fla. -- It's finally here, Yankees fans, the day Kevin Youkilis returns to the Yankees lineup after a five-day absence with a sore oblique. Youk is batting cleanup and playing third base today against the Phillies and their starter, Roy Halladay, and will probably be in the game long enough to face his old Boston Red Sox teammate Jonathan Papelbon, who is scheduled to pitch today as well.

Here's what else happened this morning:

FIRST LOOK: Boone Logan threw his first live BP of the spring. Joe Girardi has been taking it slow with Logan, who tied for the major-league lead in appearances with 80 in 2012.

HIRO-IC DAY: Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees No. 2 starter, will make his first appearance of the season today. As with all Yankee pitchers in their first start, Kuroda will go two innings or 35 pitches.

WHO'S THAT OUTFIELD?: The Yankees are sending Melky Mesa (LF), Adonis Garcia (CF) and Thomas Neal (RF) out to the outfield for today's game against the Phillies.

A WORD FROM FRANCISCO CERVELLI: On batting second in today's lineup: "Unbelievable."

A WORD FROM RONNIER MUSTELIER: On the aftereffects of his collision Thursday with Slade Heathcott: "Bueno."

A WORD FROM SLADE HEATHCOTT: On he feels the morning after running into Mustelier in centerfield: "Stupendous."