In opening lineup, 2013 vs. '14, Gardner lone holdover
HOUSTON -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi has revealed his probable Opening Day lineup, looking forward to sending out a batting order that has been completely overhauled from last season.
Girardi said that he plans to send this lineup out against the Astros on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET: Jacoby Ellsbury CF; Derek Jeter SS; Carlos Beltran RF; Brian McCann C; Mark Teixeira 1B; Alfonso Soriano DH; Brett Gardner LF; Brian Roberts 2B; Kelly Johnson 3B.
"I think that we feel that we have a very deep lineup," Girardi said. "I feel that our bench is going to be productive, as well. We're going to score runs, and that's important -- especially in our division."
The only remaining player from the 2013 Opening Day lineup is Gardner, and he is playing a different position than last year, when he manned center field for the season opener.
Though the Yankees talked about the dynamic punch of having Ellsbury and Gardner bat back-to-back, probably with Gardner in the No. 9 spot, Girardi said that he sees several advantages to hitting Gardner seventh.
"You can do some things with the guys that are behind him," Girardi said. "You can let him run. You have a patient hitter in Brian Roberts, and [with] Kelly Johnson you can do some things.
"I just kind of like where he is. You get through the first couple of guys and then it gives you speed against a little bit quicker, and your speed is not necessarily back-to-back."