Granderson, Gardner may switch outfield spots - FOX 13 News

Yankees baseball

Granderson, Gardner may switch outfield spots

Posted: Updated:
Curtis Granderson (AP file photo) Curtis Granderson (AP file photo)

By MARK DIDTLER | AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner could be switching positions.

Granderson worked out in left field Thursday and the speedy Gardner switched to center.

"I think it has a chance to help us a little bit, but I'm not really sure," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's why I've said from the beginning that I'm going to toy with it. I'm not saying today that this is what it's going to be opening day."

Girardi plans to play the pair together in upcoming spring training games.

"See if we like it," Girardi said. "If we do, we'll stay with it. If we don't, we won't."

Granderson also will get some playing time in center.

"I'd loved to play center. That's what I've been playing. At the same time, I want to play in general," Granderson said. "No matter where that happens to be, that's where I want to be at. You never know unless you try things out. We don't know what the best way is going to be."

Gardner still thinks of himself as center fielder, a spot where he has previous experience.

"For the last few years I've been playing left, and that's fine with me," he said. "If we went out there and played right now, I'd go to center, I'd go to left, it doesn't really matter to me."

 

Ichiro Suzuki homered off countryman Hiroki Kuroda during batting practice and tipped his helmet toward the fans after an ovation.

Derek Jeter, coming back from ankle surgery, continued taking part in defensive drills and faced right-hander Jim Miller in BP. He took six pitches, hit a liner to right and fouled a ball in the batting cage.

Jeter is jogging on and off the field but hasn't started a full outdoor running program.

Second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Teixeira are among the position players scheduled to play in Saturday's game against Atlanta at Kissimmee. David Phelps will the starting pitcher.

Notes: Cano will find himself in an unfamiliar spot March 6 when he plays against the Yankees for the first time as a member of the Dominican Republic national team. "It's going to be weird. I think that it's going to be fun," he said. "You get to see a different view of the game." ... Girardi said RHP Phil Hughes (injured upper back) felt better, which was a "good sign for me." The Yankees are hopeful that the right-hander will be able to resume throwing in about a week.

  • Sports NewsSports NewsMore>>

  • Major League Baseball

    How Mets and Yankees can improve or contend in 2014

    How Mets and Yankees can improve or contend in 2014

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:55:20 GMT
    With the All-Star break over and the second half of the MLB season well underway, the New York Mets (46-52 as of July 20) and the New York Yankees (50-47 as of July 20) find themselves in the same situations each team is accustomed to at this time of the season. The Yankees are in the middle of the AL East Division title while the Mets are scrapping for every win possible to stay relevant in the NL East. But while the record says one thing, reality says another.
    With the All-Star break over and the second half of the MLB season well underway, the New York Mets (46-52 as of July 20) and the New York Yankees (50-47 as of July 20) find themselves in the same situations each team is accustomed to at this time of the season. The Yankees are in the middle of the AL East Division title while the Mets are scrapping for every win possible to stay relevant in the NL East. But while the record says one thing, reality says another.
  • Learning to sail in New York City

    Learning to sail in New York City

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:00:53 GMT
    Fox 5's Dari Alexander had always wanted to take a sailing lesson but didn't know you can do that right in Manhattan. She went to Manhattan Sailing School, based in North Cove. She learned the basics: hoisting, tacking, jibing, and boat safety.
    Fox 5's Dari Alexander had always wanted to take a sailing lesson but didn't know you can do that right in Manhattan. She went to Manhattan Sailing School, based in North Cove. She learned the basics: hoisting, tacking, jibing, and boat safety.
  • Mount Vernon baseball players learn life lessons

    Mount Vernon baseball players learn life lessons

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-16 17:59:00 GMT
    Maybe it's a thrilling chase on the base-paths or crack of a bat on a hot summer day. No matter why they love this game, for this collection of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players in Mount Vernon, N.Y., all the hard work on and off the field is paying off. These kids and their coaches will be playing a tournament during All-Star festivities in Minnesota as part of Major League Baseball's effort to revive baseball in inner cities.
    Maybe it's a thrilling chase on the base-paths or crack of a bat on a hot summer day. No matter why they love this game, for this collection of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players in Mount Vernon, N.Y., all the hard work on and off the field is paying off. These kids and their coaches will be playing a tournament during All-Star festivities in Minnesota as part of Major League Baseball's effort to revive baseball in inner cities.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices