Bonifacio to lead off in Opener
Barring a last-second change of thinking, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is planning on having Emilio Bonifacio lead off in the season opener on Monday against the Nationals.
Gonzalez made that announcement on Friday, noting that he is leaning towards the switch-hitting third baseman hitting atop the order in the first game.
Cameron Maybin is expected to hit eighth. So the tentative order will be: Bonifacio, John Baker, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross, Maybin and Ricky Nolasco.
At least early in the season, Gonzalez plans to use Bonifacio atop the order against lefty and right-handed pitching. Bonifacio is a career .167 hitters against lefty starters, compared to .264 against right-handers.
Washington is going with left-hander John Lannan on Opening Day.
– Joe Frisaro