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New York Yankees name Curtis Granderson as centerfielder

TAMPA — Curtis Granderson will be the starting centerfielder for the Yankees.

Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before Thursday's road game against the Blue Jays.

The Yankees explored the possibility of shifting Granderson, a 2009 AL All-Star, to left so the speedy Brett Gardner could play center. Gardner will play left.

Girardi says there was "no wrong decision." Granderson was obtained from the Tigers in a three-team, seven-player trade in December.

ONE BACK, ONE DOWN: 1B Mark Teixeira said he felt no ill effects from a bruised elbow that kept him out of two games. Teixeira, hit by a pitch Monday facing Baltimore, doubled, singled and scored a run while wearing a protective pad. … Backup C Francisco Cervelli has a left hamstring strain and is not expected to play again in spring training. Girardi said he hoped Cervelli can avoid going on the disabled list.

Phillies: Blanton on DL

CLEARWATER — RHP Joe Blanton (mild left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list. Blanton could be out three to six weeks. He was injured while throwing Wednesday in a side session.

Team doctor Michael Ciccotti said that if all goes well, "we're looking at the earliest at the third week of April."

Blanton, who hasn't been on the DL in six seasons, was projected as the No. 3 starter behind Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels.

FOREVER MAN: LHP Jamie Moyer, 47, pitched six strong innings against the visiting Pirates, two days after being named the team's fifth starter. Moyer enters his 24th major-league season healthy, even after three offseason operations.

Jays: Rotation set

DUNEDIN — GM Alex Anthopoulos said that, with LHP Marc Rzepczynski out up to six weeks with a broken finger, the rotation to open the season will be, in order: Shaun Marcum, Brian Tallet, Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow and Dana Eveland.

MOVES: LHP Brett Cecil and RHP Josh Roenicke were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

fast facts

Yankees

Where: George Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa. Today: at Blue Jays, 1:05, Dunedin. Information: yankees.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: vs. Pirates, 1:05, Clearwater. Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Information: bluejays.com

New York Yankees name Curtis Granderson as centerfielder 04/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 11:15pm]

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