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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Morning notes: Jeter still No. 1

By Wallace Matthews

TAMPA, Fla. -- For now at least, all seems right in the Yankee Universe. All the position players are in camp, today is the first full-squad workout, as as he has been for what seems like forever, Derek Jeter will be the first regular to step into the cage for the first BP session of the spring.

That is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. on the main field at The Boss, so if you're in the area, stop by. If not, check in with us at ESPNNewYork.com for all the late-breaking batting practice updates.

The day after his "media availability," Jeter seemed to be in a pretty good mood. He said he "enjoyed" his 30-minute session with the media, remarking that it was "relatively painless." Then he spent about 10 minutes bantering about college basketball with a small group of beat writers. (Jeter's a huge Michigan fan).

"Say what you want," Jeter said to the group as he walked off to begin his workout. "But you guys are going to miss me when I'm gone."

Well, yeah.

BP groups: For those of you who keep track of such things, here are the batting practice groupings for today: Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Roberts and Austin Romine are in the first group on Field 1, followed by Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. Meanwhile, on Field 2, it will be Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Scott Sizemore, followed by Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Francisco Arcia.

One Sizemore fits all: Former Tigers and Athletics infielder Scott Sizemore, coming off two surgeries for a torn ACL in his left knee, was signed as a possible backup at two positions, second and third. Joe Girardi has mentioned Sizemore as part of a potential third base platoon, but he also may be needed to spell Brian Roberts, who is 36 and has a history of injuries, at second. Sizemore had the second of his two surgeries in April and admits he is still in "the tail end of my rehab mode."

Still, the Yankees saw fit to issue him a lightning rod of a number: 24.

"At first I thought, oh, wow, they gave me a really good number," Sizemore said. "Then I started thinking, 'Oh, wait a minute, that's Robbie Cano's number. Those are some serious shoes to fill."

Welcome back, Willow: Former Yankees second baseman, and Mets manager, Willie Randolph is in camp for the first time as a guest instructor.