TAMPA, Fla. -- Opening Day is now less than two weeks away, and barring anymore last-minute acquisitions, the Yankees roster is beginning to shape up. Assuming Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox, here is a possible Yankees opening day lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Juan Rivera 1B
CC Sabathia LHP
My choices are based on the following: I think Jeter will generally bat leadoff against lefties, Gardner generally against righties. Even though Hafner is a lefthanded hitter, his numbers against lefties aren't terrible and this lineup needs some HR power in the middle. same goes for Boesch, who is a career .286 hitter against lefties. I believe Stewart and Francisco Cervelli will split the catching duties roughly 60-40, and since Stewart was pretty much Sabathia's personal catcher last season, I see no reason why Joe Girardi would split them up now. Obviously, Girardi has other options; as a right-handed hitter, Ben Francisco might play RF in place of Boesch, and Boesch might replace Hafner as the DH that day because of his respectable numbers against lefties.
Agree? Disagree? Have a better lineup? Let us know in the comments section.
ON DECK: The Yankees travel to Clearwater for a game against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. (ESPN). Derek Jeter is making a rare road trip for this one, and Adam Warren, fresh off a horrendous outing against the Blue Jays last Thursday, gets the start. The clubhouse opens at 8:30. I'll have lineups shortly after and morning notes around 10:00 a.m., plus live in-game updates via my Twitter feed, @ESPNNYYankees. We know you have a choice when it comes to Yankees coverage and we appreciate you choosing ESPNNewYork.com for all your Yankees news.