Yankees unveil Opening Day lineup

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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:

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

CC Sabathia P

Just for kicks (and to make a comparison), here’s last year’s Opening Day lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

CC Sabathia P

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.”

Some Notes

— 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).

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4 Responses to Yankees unveil Opening Day lineup

  1. BJ Rassam says:

    That is one heck of an impressive starting lineup for Opening Day.

  2. mikefoxtrot says:

    " and even he’ll be playing an entirely new position."

    a different position, Delai, not an entirely new one….not even for him.

    the Yankees are in good shape in every area other than the infield

  3. Don Bonomi says:

    I realize that Brian Cashman thinks that he has put together a very competitive 2014 Yankee roster but as far as I'm concerned, the Yankees didn't go far enough. Their 2 million dollar back-up shortstop, Brendan Ryan is a flop. He is barely a .200 lifetime hitter and is presently in the D.L. Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte did have a good Spring training but they lack major league experience and success. The Yankees should have spent a little more money and signed: Stephen Drew, who has both experience and success at the major league level.

    Tanaka may turn out to be the best acquisition the Yankees made for their 2014 squad. All of the other starting pitchers are big question marks as far as I'm concerned. Letting Robby Cano go was a big mistake. He has been their best player for a number of years and a future hall of famer. As for: Beltran, Roberts and Ellsbury, each has a rather long injury history. Even Ellsbury didn't make it through Spring training without an injury. It remains to be seen how they hold up during "marathon" baseball season.

    One last comment would be the state of the Yankees bullpen. I feel the Yankees should have spent more money on a bona-fide closer with experience and success. They didn't. Moving Robertson out of his accustomed role to a closers role is a mistake. He was great as an 8th inning set-up man. The rest of the bullpen also lacks experience and success. Thornton is over the hill. Check out the ERA's of the rest of the pitchers in the pen from last year. You'll be very surprised on how high they were.

    Sorry Yankee fans and I have been one since 1950, I can't pick the Yankees to finish higher than 4th place this year in the A.L. East. Hey Brian, why don't you let Yankee fans put together a competitive roster in the future. I'm sure we could do better than you did for this year.

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