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Yanks vs. Astros: regular season lineup

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That's what we'll see tonight, as Joe Girardi sends out his expected opening-day lineup. Nick Johnson is expected to bat second, with Cano fifth, followed by Posada, Granderson, Swisher and Gardner (who'll play centerfield).

A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Mo Rivera (in his spring debut) are scheduled to pitch. Brian Moehler goes for Houston.

There will be no televised games until Thursday. 

  • Postgame notes -

The story of this 4-1 win was the Phranchise. He increased the distance between himself and Joba for the fifth starter spot with four scoreless innings (3 h, 1 bb, 2 k), albeit against a lot of reserves.

Mo made his first appearance and threw a scoreless frame with a hit, walk and K.

A.J. Burnett is still battling with control, evidenced by four walks in the first three innings.

Houston had six hits but went 0-11 with RISP; the Yanks had eight and went 2-8. Posada had two singles, while Jeter, Tex, Arod, Cano, Swisher and Gardner had one hit apiece.

Joba goes tomorrow against Philly. You can watch the game only on MLB.tv (for a fee, of course).