Found March 30, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
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PHOENIX -- Before the Diamondbacks played their final exhibition game of the spring Saturday, manager Kirk Gibson announced his Opening Day lineup. Barring additional injury, the D-backs' lineup card will look like this against the Cardinals on Monday night: 1. Gerardo Parra, RF 2. Martin Prado, 3B 3. Aaron Hill, 2B 4. Miguel Montero, C 5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 6. Jason Kubel, LF 7. A.J. Pollock, CF 8. Cliff Pennington, SS 9. Ian Kennedy SP Well known for his tinkering with lineups, Gibson wrestled with a few spots in particular. Hill has had success in the No. 2 spot in the batting order, but Gibson felt it was best to bump him into more of a run-producing a spot with Prado now in the fold. "I've been thinking about it for a while," Gibson said. "I was ready to make up my mind really this morning. Prado was good at two for a long time. He's been good there. Hilly, I think, he drives the ball a lot, into gaps." So will Hill be the anchor in the No. 3 spot that Justin Upton was in past seasons? Maybe, but with Gibson, the lineup is far from set in stone, and that goes more so for early this season with expected leadoff man and center fielder Adam Eaton and right fielder Cody Ross opening the year on the disabled list. Ross is expected back within about the first week, whereas Eaton will miss approximately six weeks with a slight tear in his left ulnar collateral ligament. "I'm not going to say this is the way the lineup is going to be every day," Gibson said. "When we get different people who show up or get healthy, things could change, but I think when you get into the meat of the season then you'd like to have some guys that pretty much know where they're hitting, yes. "I want to give (Hill) an opportunity to drive people in." Gibson said he also examined a number of options for splitting his left-handed hitters and debated how high to bat Goldschmidt. Daily lineups, Giboson said, will also often reflect the opposing pitcher the D-backs are seeing.
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