Joe Girardi announced the 2014 Opening Day Lineup during today’s Yankees workout session and this is how it will look on tomorrow night’s lineup card:
Just for kicks (and to make a comparison), here’s last year’s Opening Day lineup:
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The only Yankee who is starting this year and who was in the Opening Day lineup last year is Brett Gardner and even he’ll be playing a different position. CC Sabathia will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day, as he always is, but this time Sabathia will attempt to return to form as the Yankees begin to chase for their 28th World Series Championship.
Brian Cashman discussed the offseason changes and how he felt it was important for the team to fill the holes that were caused by injuries in 2013.
“Our goal was to try to attack every area of weakness (this offseason),” Cashman said. “We had a good offensive balance last year, but we never had a chance to run it out there. If those guys didn’t get hurt, we would have been one of the top offensive teams in the game. But we lost everybody. … Outside of Brendan Ryan, we had a good spring (this year) and we’re healthy. Almost everybody performed well this spring. We’re in shape and it was a great spring. I feel as good as you can in terms of mission accomplished getting through spring training with what you wanted to get through. You saw what you wanted to see from most people.”
When the Yankees missed the postseason in 2008, the Yankees went into the free agent market and signed Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. The Yankees would later go on to win the World Series in 2009. Do the Yankees feel this could be a repeat of 2008-2009, especially after spending approximately $500 Million in free agency over the winter?
“I think it has the same feel,” Girardi said. “I think there is a high expectation with the names that we added. We addressed a lot of situations.”
— Joe Girardi announced both Matt Thornton and Shawn Kelley will get a chance to be the set-up man this season, so think of it as an in-season competition. Whoever does better in the role will be the set-up guy to David Robertson.
— Andy Pettitte showed up to Yankees workouts today (no, he’s not coming out of retirement), but he did throw batting practice and he spoke to the media. He told the story of how his son Josh, who was drafted by the Yankees last year but decided to go to Baylor, blew out his elbow and eventually had Tommy John Surgery.
— The Yankees announced they haven’t made 40-man roster move for Yangervis Solarte as of yet. The Yankees had to hand in their roster yesterday and used the one that initially had Brendan Ryan on it (Ryan is slated to go on the DL tomorrow).