Joe Girardi says Yankees' opening day lineup will mirror Friday night’s vs. Braves

Yankees fans wondering what the team’s lineup will be for its season opener should look no further than Friday’s preseason game in Atlanta.

Yankees fans wondering what their team’s lineup will be for its season opener against the Rays on Sunday should look no further than Friday’s exhibition game against the Braves.

Manager Joe Girardi said he plans to go with the same lineup at Tropicana Field on Sunday.

“I would think so,” Girardi said before Friday’s game at SunTrust Park, the Braves’ brand-new ballpark (via New York Post). “We tried to put it together a couple of times this week so guys could get used to it. It’s probably what we’ll use Sunday.”

Unless there’s some last-minute tweaking, here’s the batting order Yankees fans can expect as the 2017 MLB season opens:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Gary Sanchez, C
3. Greg Bird, 1B
4. Matt Holliday, DH
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
6. Starlin Castro, 2B
7. Chase Headley, 3B
8. Aaron Judge, RF
9. Ronald Torreyes, SS

The Yanks ranked 22nd in MLB in runs scored last season, but Girardi is optimistic that will turn around this year.

“Last year, we struggled scoring runs,” Girardi said. “I think there’s potential for this lineup.”

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