After Tuesday’s off day, it might finally be time for Joe Girardi to tip his hand about his plans for the Yankees lineup.
Girardi hinted yesterday that he will likely start all of his regulars tonight against Baltimore. It would be the first time this spring that all nine everyday players have been in the Yankees lineup. Russell Martin was out of the starting lineup for the spring opener, and — probably more importantly — Brett Gardner was out of the lineup Sunday.
This afternoon could be an indication of whether Girardi is planning to put Gardner in the leadoff spot, and it could be an indication of who he’s considering in the No. 2 hole (which could impact spots 6 and 7). So far this spring, it seems that Girardi is going to stick with Robinson Cano in the No. 5 spot.
Of course, it’s doubtful that Girardi will set anything in stone tonight, but it could very well be our first look at the lineup that will take the field on March 31.
Associated Press photo of Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada