03/01/2013 6:51 PM ET
Cervelli showcasing arm, accuracy behind plate
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- So far in Spring Training, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is giving opponents reason to think twice about trying to run on him.
Cervelli threw out the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins attempting a steal of second base in the Yanks' 10-5 loss on Friday. Cervelli also threw out two runners in Thursday's game against the Astros and is 5-for-6 in catching potential basestealers this spring.
"I just think he worked hard at it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He had a chance last year to catch every day. He also went to winter ball, and I think he worked really hard at it.
"I think he got a little out of whack from maybe rushing or trying to do too much, and he was able to go down there and really get it back together like he had when he first came up for us throwing the baseball. It's shown up."
Last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Cervelli caught 27 of 90 runners stealing (30 percent). He was even more impressive in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he gunned down nine of 14 attempting to steal.
"[Before], I tried to throw the ball too hard and I tried to get the ball before it was in my glove," Cervelli said. "Now I work relaxed behind the plate. Same energy, but I just try to be more relaxed and let my body go."
Cashman to skydive for Wounded Warrior Project
TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Cashman proved he was not afraid of heights when he rappelled twice down the side of a 22-story Connecticut building, and now the Yankees' general manager is raising the daredevil stakes by agreeing to parachute with the Army Golden Knights.
Cashman will participate in a jump on Monday morning with soldiers at the Homestead Air Reserve Base outside of Miami, an event that is intended to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).
"It's an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don't do or will ever do, so that's awesome," Cashman said. "It's called living. But it's not on my list of something I've always wanted to do. I'm kind of excited for the opportunity to do it, but at the same time, big-time nervous about doing it."
Cashman will execute the jump with Duke Castiglione, a television reporter for FOX 5 in New York, and they will be jumping in tandem with military members.
The Golden Knights invited Cashman to participate in a jump when they parachuted into Yankee Stadium last summer and again as the Yankees finalized plans for the March 30 exhibition game to be played at West Point.
"I like doing new things," Cashman said. "I like challenges and stuff like that. This is a great opportunity, and a great opportunity to raise awareness."
The Wounded Warrior Project's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Youkilis glad to be back in Yankees' lineup
TAMPA, Fla. -- Kevin Youkilis returned to the Yankees' lineup on Friday, going 0-for-1 with a walk in New York's 10-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Youkilis had been sidelined with what the club called a sore left oblique, but said that the injury has given him no problems for the last few days.
"It was good to get back out there and play in a game," said Youkilis, who also made a nice diving stop in the field. "I feel good just going up there and going through all the exercises in the morning and all that."
Youkilis took a called third strike in the third inning from Phils' reliever Cesar Jimenez and is looking for his first hit in a Yankees uniform. Youkilis said that he might have heard some boos from the home crowd on Friday, but would prefer to think they were chanting, "Youk."
"If people are booing, they're booing," Youkilis said. "If you're a Yankees fan and you want to boo me, that's your prerogative. But if you don't want to win a World Series and root for guys on your team, that's what you've got to do, I guess. But they all sound like Youk.
"You can't tell whether it's boo or Youk. You always have one fan that yells at you. I struck out looking and a guy's yelling at me; he's just angry in life. That's the bottom line. That guy was really angry. There's always one out of a hundred."
Mantle's life story to become Broadway show
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mickey Mantle may have become a legend in the Bronx, but the Hall of Famer is about to take a few swings on Broadway.
Mantle's sons, Danny and David, have teamed with writer and producer David Leaf to bring their father's story to the Great White Way. Plans for the production were first reported by BroadwayWorld.com, which said that the group will now begin meeting with potential creative team members.
"There has been so much written about my dad over the years," Danny Mantle told the website. "When my brother and I met David Leaf, we felt we could work with him to finally tell the real story of who our dad was as a man.
"Late in his life, Dad spoke openly about what he felt were his shortcomings when it came to our family. The truth is, he gave so much more to all of us than what he, or anyone else, gave him credit for. Now is our chance."
The announcement came exactly 44 years after Mantle's retirement from baseball on March 1, 1969. Mantle hit 536 home runs over his storied 18-year career with the Yankees.
• Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday and said it went well. Pineda said he threw only fastballs and changeups in what was his second 'pen session of the spring. The Yankees are optimistic that Pineda will be able to help them at the big league level in June.
• Right-hander Phil Hughes has been sidelined by a bulging disk in his upper back, but Girardi said that Hughes should be able to resume throwing on Sunday. He has been exercising in a pool at the Yankees' Minor League complex.