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Yankees take field for first time in Tampa after busy offseason

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Thursday was day one for the Yankees' full team together on the field, and there was certainly a lot to see.

There were the new players in the outfield, led by Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, who's scheduled to split his time this year as an outfielder and designated hitter.

There was Mark Teixeira, who only played a handful of games last year because of a wrist injury, looking strong at first base.

Finally, there was Derek Jeter, also looking strong as he tries to play one final season coming back from an ankle injury that kept him out for most of 2013.

"I felt good," Jeter said. "I've been working out for quite some time, so this is a continuation of that, but it's good to get back on the field with all our teammates, and especially the new guys and getting an opportunity to get to know them."

"Last year, at times, just going through what you might consider everyday activity, a jog, running the bases, you would notice it. Today, I noticed nothing," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

In center field this season is another Red Sox player coming down from Boston. A few years back, it was Johnny Damon. Now, Jacoby Ellsbury tries to make the switch.

"Obviously, you know, there's feelings, teammates you're sad to leave from and stuff like that," Ellsbury said. "But I'm excited for that second chapter of my career."

As for day one of the captain's final season, did he try to take in more than he usually does at the opening of a training camp?

"Yeah, I stopped to talk to you guys, when normally, on the way out, I'd just go home, so I'm trying to enjoy speaking to you," Jeter said. "No, I think it's just, I've just always looked so forward to getting things over with. Like I said yesterday, you get to spring training, you can't wait for it to be over. I'm just going to try and enjoy each and every day."

There are a lot of players on this Yankees roster that can win a job here in Florida, either as a starter or a backup. Joe Girardi's message to them on Thursday was to not try and over-do it on the first day, since there's still six weeks to prepare before the start of the season.

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