• Charlie Morton, who will start on Thursday in Tampa, looks forward to facing Derek Jeter, whom he and his family admired when he was a teenager.
"It should be fun. He deserves everything that is being said about him," Morton said of Jeter, who will be making the first game appearance of his farewell season.
• Gregory Polanco replaced Jose Tabata in right field in the sixth inning on Wednesday and did something that, with his speed, he will probably not do often: He grounded into a double play on a hot smash to short.
• The "oven mitt" Starling Marte wore last September to protect his bruised right hand appears to be a keeper. He sported it on Wednesday after reaching on an error.
"Better safe than sorry," Hurdle said.
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