As expected, Joe Girardi named Curtis Granderson his starting center fielder on Thursday. Brett Gardner got a look at the position, but the Yankees decided to move Gardner to left field so that Granderson could play one position consistently as an everyday player.
The Yankees still expect to have catchers Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli available on opening day, but both were forced out of the lineup because of injuries on Thursday. The notebook also has items on Mark Teixeira returning to the lineup, Alfredo Aceves returning to the mound and A.J. Burnett pitching well against the Blue Jays.