Opening Day lineup revealed

From Houston, Mike Vega reports this will be the lineup tomorrow:

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Crawford LF
Youkilis 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Cameron RF
Saltalamacchia C
Scutaro SS

That’s a proactive Opening Day lineup by Terry Francona as J.D. Drew sits against C.J. Wilson. Drew is 1 for 6 against Wilson. Cameron is 0 for 3 but at least is righthanded. Lefties hit .144 with a .400 OPS (yes, .400) against Wilson last season.

Had Francona really had game-planned against the lefty, he could have done something like this:

Scutaro SS
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis DH
Gonzalez 1B
Cameron RF
Lowrie 3B
Varitek C
McDonald CF

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But Opening Day does mean something to certain players and it can be best to put people where they would normally be. But if this was Wilson on July 1 instead of April 1, you’d probably see all the righthanded hitters in there. The guy is death on lefties.

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