Today's lineup: Rollins in; Gwynn starts in LF

Today's lineup: Rollins in; Gwynn starts in LF

March 31, 2014, 10:30 am
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jimmy Rollins will bat second and play shortstop for the Phillies in Monday’s season opener against the Texas Rangers even though his wife is expecting the couple’s second child.

Rollins has started at shortstop in every opening day since 2001.

Last week, Rollins told that he intended to be with his wife when she gave birth. Baseball's collective bargaining agreement allows a three-day paternity leave. Players on paternity leave can be replaced on the 25-man roster. When Rollins goes on leave, the Phillies have several options at shortstop, including Cesar Hernandez and Jayson Nix. They could also bring up a shortstop from the minors to temporarily replace Rollins.

As Rollins’ opening day streak continues, Tony Gwynn Jr., a non-roster invitee, will start in left field and bat ninth. Gwynn spent the entire 2013 season playing in Triple A. He signed with the Phillies during the winter on a non-guaranteed deal and earned a spot on the team.

Additionally, rookie Cody Asche, a late-season call-up in 2013, will start at third base.

Here’s the rest of the Phillies’ lineup;

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Dom Brown, DH
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Cody Asche, 3B
9. Tony Gwynn Jr., LF

Cliff Lee will make his second opening start. Coincidentally, the last time he took the ball on opening day was also in Texas. In the 2009 opener for Cleveland, Lee allowed seven runs on 10 hits over five innings in a 9-1 loss.

The Rangers will counter with rookie Tanner Scheppers, who will make his first big-league start. Their lineup is as follows:

1. Shin-Shoo Choo, LF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Prince Fielder, 1B
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Mitch Moreland, DH
7. J.P. Arencibia, C
8. Leonys Martin, CF
9. Josh Wilson, SS

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