Lineups, First Pitch, Baseball!

Phillies:

1. Pete Orr 2B

2. Ross Gload DH

3. Raul Ibanez LF

4. Ryan Howard 1B

5. Ben Francisco CF

6. Domonic Brown RF

7. Jeff Larish 3B

8. Brian Schneider C

9. Wilson Valdez SS

Cole Hamels SP

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Nick Swisher RF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Alex Rodriguez 3B

5. Robinson Cano 2B

6. Jorge Posada DH

7. Curtis Granderson CF

8. Francisco Cervelli C

9. Brett Gardner LF

Bartolo Colon SP

Also schedule to pitch; Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, and Eric Wordekemper

Cervelli is getting the start with the regular lineup because Russell Martin‘s knee isn’t 100% yet.

There’s been some speculation that the fact that Colon is getting the start in the opener shows the Yankees have the most faith in him of all of the candidates for the last two rotation spots. For my part, I think that’s probably exactly wrong, and the fact that Freddy Garcia will be the last guy to pitch in the spring rotation is a good sign that the Yankees are pretty sure he’ll be the 4th starter, while Colon and Ivan Nova battle for the 5th spot.

In any event, try not to put too much stock into spring training games. Just sit back and enjoy the baseball!

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.