Marlins announce Opening Day roster, lineup

Marlins announce Opening Day roster, lineup

MIAMI -- Speed and power are prominent throughout the Marlins' lineup, which is one reason manager Mike Redmond hasn't lost any sleep wondering how his lineup card is going to look.

Redmond on Sunday announced the batting order for Monday's opener against the Braves at Marlins Park. For those who have followed the club in Spring Training, there are no surprises.

Dee Gordon, who paced the Majors with 64 stolen bases last season, will lead off and Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning National League home run champ with 37, will bat third. Henderson Alvarez is the starting pitcher.

"I like this lineup a lot," Redmond said. "We have speed. We have power. We've got guys who can put the ball in play. We've got a little bit of everything in this lineup. It's going to be fun to watch these guys go out and compete. I haven't lost any sleep over this lineup. It's a good spot to be in."

Miami also finalized its 25-man roster on Sunday, selecting the contract of infielder/outfielder Don Kelly. Right-handers Jose Fernandez (elbow) and Aaron Crow (elbow) are opening the season on the disabled list.

That sets the roster.

Against the Braves, the lineup will be:

Gordon, 2B
Christian Yelich, LF
Stanton, RF
Michael Morse, 1B
Martin Prado, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, CF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Alvarez, P

"The speed aspect was something we wanted to address," Redmond said. "To bring in a guy like Dee Gordon, who has the ability to steal 50-plus [bases], changes our lineup dramatically. It gives us another weapon. You talk about about a power-hitter being a weapon, but speed is a weapon, too.

"We can put more pressure on defenses. I think you'll see that. These guys are going to be aggressive. Will there be times [we run] with Giancarlo hitting? Maybe not. But, for the most part, we're going to be aggressive and try to push it."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.