The Opening Day lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees play their first game of the regular season at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Joe Torre, who won four World Series championships as manager of the Yankees, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Alex Rodriguez will play in a regular season game for the Yankees for the first time since September 25 of 2013 when he went 0-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays. This is the Yankees lineup for Opening Day against Drew Hutchison and the Toronto Blue Jays:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Brett Gardner, LF

Carlos Beltran, RF

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Brian McCann, C

Chase Headley, 3B

Alex Rodriguez, DH

Stephen Drew, 2B

Didi Gregorius, SS

Masahiro Tanaka, who has said that he will be throwing more two-seam fastballs this season, will get his first Opening Day start. This will mean that he might not be throwing as hard, but it could also mean that he could get more ground balls and throw fewer pitches. He will still have his signature splitter, which gets a lot of swings and misses.

The Yankees can make the playoffs if Tanaka and Michael Pineda stay healthy the whole season, if Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran hit more like they did a few years ago, if CC Sabathia keeps up his increased velocity and if the bullpen is elite like it is capable of being.

They will need Dellin Betances to dominate American League hitters close to how he did last season when he had a 1.40 ERA in 70 games (90 innings). Rodriguez will be a key player at DH because he could hit 15-20 homers this season. He looked better than many expected him to during spring training and will power to the DH position that the Yankees didn’t have last season.

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