Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll use Emilio Bonifacio in the leadoff spot to start the season, but could move Cameron Maybin in that spot later on if Bonifacio isn't successful, especially against left-handed pitching.
"I think we will give him that opportunity at this point," Gonzalez said of Bonifacio. "We'll play it like that at the beginning anyway."
Against right-handed starters, catcher John Baker will hit second and Maybin will bat eighth. Against left-handers, Gonzalez said he would put Maybin in the two hole and use Ronny Paulino behind the plate.