Yelich set to lead off in opener

MIAMI — Christian Yelich, who made his MLB debut last July against the Rockies, will have the distinction of being Miami’s first batter in 2014.

The 22-year-old left fielder was tabbed to lead off on Monday night for the Marlins against the Rockies at Marlins Park.

Miami is sending Jose Fernandez to the mound, while Colorado is countering with lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

Because the Rockies went with a southpaw, manager Mike Redmond has adjusted the middle of his order. Lefty-hitting Garrett Jones, expected to bat cleanup against right-handers, is being dropped to fifth on Opening Night.

Casey McGehee is getting the nod to bat cleanup.

LINEUP

1) Yelich LF
2) Baker 2B
3) Stanton RF
4) McGehee 3B
5) Jones 1B
6) Saltalamacchia C
7) Ozuna CF
8) Hechavarria SS
9) Fernandez P

Joe Frisaro

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