Friday lineup, with a few surprises
The Rays set their lineup for Friday's opener against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, and it has a few surprises:
The two biggest questions seem to be why Luke Scott isn't playing, and why Elliot Johnson is hitting ahead of Carlos Pena.
The answers are in the numbers:
Scott, a lefty hitter, is 2-for-11 with 6 Ks vs. Sabathia, while Keppinger is 6-for-14.
Pena is 4-for-35, with 19 Ks vs. Sabathia, and Johnson is 2-for-9 w/a HR.
Here is the Yankees projected lineup: