CC Sabathia will have the ball in his left hand on Tuesday in Houston, marking his 11th career Opening Day start and his sixth with the Yankees, tying Lefty Gomez and placing Sabathia one short of a club record shared by Whitey Ford, Mel Stottlemyre and Ron Guidry.
With Opening Day baseball games starting this afternoon, the projected starting lineup for the New York Yankees’ opener Tuesday in Houston is something to chew on for followers of the Bronx Bombers. Since Yankees manager Joe Girardi changed the starting lineup more often in 2013 than in the previous few years, one question it prompts is how much the Yankees skipper will switch things up this season. The acquisitions of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury only increase Girardi’s options. Still, Ichiro Suzuki ought to see plenty of playing time in 2014, a player too good to sit on the outfield rich ballclub.