Notes: A-Rod, catchers & lineup

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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It is a very pleasant day weather-wise for this Opening Day, so let's get you further prepared with some pre-game notes.

1) WILL A-ROD BE INTRODUCED: Alex Rodriguez is expected at Yankee Stadium on Monday, but it is still unclear how much he will be seen by the general public.

"I'm not exactly sure what part of the day he is going to go through," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said this morning. "I haven't really found that out. Introductions aren't usually the first thing on my mind when I'm coming here. I'm anxious to see him. I want to see how he is moving around, in a sense, because I haven't seen him since the end of January when he was just starting to ride a bike. What he chooses to do today is his prerogative and I'm fine with whatever he wants to do."

It would seem if A-Rod is introduced, he will likely be booed, but, if he is not introduced, that might look worse. Rodriguez is expected to talk with reporters before the game.

Rodriguez is out until at least the All-Star break with his injured hip. He has five years and $114 million remaining on his contract. That does not include $30 million in possible home run bonuses.

2) CATCHING SPLIT: Girardi said that he doesn't really have a starting catcher yet, even though Francisco Cervelli is receiving the Opening Day assignment. Girardi said he wrestled with the catching decision the last four days before deciding to go with Cervelli in the first game. Over the next month, Girardi said he will split the time pretty evenly and then he might determine whom should be the starter. So, basically, the catching competition goes on.

3) HIGH NUNE: Girardi decided to go with Eduardo Nunez in the two-hole because he didn't want to have three lefties (Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano) to start the game against Lester.

"We liked the way Nunee has swung the bat," Giardi said.

Nunez hit .311 in 61 spring at-bats.

Nunez has two singles in eight at-bats against Lester. Jayson Nix, who is starting at third and batting eighth, is a .333 batter in 21 at-bats against Lester.

Against righty Clay Buchholz on Wednesday, Giardi said he will bat Ichiro second between Gardner and Cano.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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WINS LEADER
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WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIB. McCann 75
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