FORT MYERS, Fla. — Is today’s lineup the Opening Day lineup?
It’s a good question and Tim Britton of the Providence Journal asked it.
“Nice try,” Terry Francona said.
Francona isn’t sure yet. The Rangers are starting C.J. Wilson, a hard-throwing lefthander. J.D. Drew is 1 for 6 against him. David Ortiz is 1 for 10 with four strikeouts.
“It’s not just a lefty, it’s who the lefty is. That’s why I’ve been so hesitant to talk about the lineup. It’s because C.J. Wilson is one of those lefties where on normal days if it’s July, that’s the day you give your righties a shot,” Francona said. “But it’s Opening Day. So there’s some thought that needs to go into that. … He is so tough on lefties it gives me pause to think. How much I’ve got to see.”
Francona plans to think about it on the plane tonight. “I really want some time to look at the whole series,” he said.
For even veteran players, starting on Opening Day is a big deal.
“I think for a lot of guys it is,” Francona said. “I think in some instances maybe it’s not. That’s my job to kind of gauge that.”