Joe Girardi never said it explicitly, but he gave plenty of hints about his preliminary opening day lineup, and we’ll see it in action on Tuesday.
“Obviously you have an inclination going in, what you think it might be,” Girardi said. “We’re doing some things to move guys around, but Tuesday is going to be pretty close to what it’s going to be, probably.”
We already know Derek Jeter will be leading off, with Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez batting third and fourth. Yesterday, Girardi indicated a strong preference for Nick Johnson in the No. 2 hole.
“If you’re going to hit a left-hander fifth, you prefer to have a switch-hitter sixth,” Girardi said. “Then maybe another left-hander seventh, and then a switch-hitter eighth, and then maybe another left-hander.”
Which left-hander will be batting fifth?
“That’s probably where (Cano) will be Tuesday,” he said.
Sounds like this is the lineup the Yankees are leaning toward. Things can change in the final three weeks of spring training — Girardi was careful to say that several times — but this should be the lineup that “could really resemble” the opening day lineup.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF/LF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF/CF
Here’s the Girardi audio. It’s primarily about the lineup, and Cano in particular. It’s from this morning, so there are no game details.