YANKS: Opening Day

Posted: March 31, 2011 by kellyrachael in Uncategorized

“You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through” – Joe DiMaggio

Yesterday, the New York Yankees announced their Opening Day lineup and some of the picks were shocking to even the most seasoned experts. The lineup includes the usual starters from last year (for those avid fans that keep track) the only difference would be the DH and C positions. Jorge Posada has been moved to the DH spot and Russell Martin, who was acquired from the LA Dodgers, will fall into the catchers position. Although Martin had a solid performance during spring training, the fact that Francisco Cervelli is on the DL definitely was a factor in his selection. Going into the season, the lineup looks pretty solid compared to other American League East teams.

The starting rotation is also a huge factor as the season begins. The starting five will consist of three dominant pitchers from last year, in addition to two new arms. CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and A.J Burnett are the returners from last year. New to the starting five is Ivan Nova, who was with the organization last year but has yet to really perform; and Freddy Garcia, who was acquired from the White Sox and excelled in spring training camp. The latter two were the early favorites during spring training, and beat out a plethora of others to earn the nod. Most of the bullpen was easy to predict however with Feliciano hurt newcomer, Luis Ayala earned a spot. Bartolo Colon also receives a roster spot and will spend the majority of the season in the bullpen, although some might have through he was going to be in the starting rotation. Hopefully the weather will hold up so the Yankees can have an excellent outing to start their season off right!

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