Adam Frazier leading off for Pirates on opening day in Boston
April 3, 2017 10:39 AM
The Pirates' Adam Frazier hits a single against the Orioles in the second inning March 11 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BOSTON — First thing’s first. Adam Frazier, the 25-year-old utility player who broke into the majors last summer, will lead off and play left field for the Pirates on opening day Monday at Fenway Park. The game is at 2:05 p.m. and airs on Root Sports in Pittsburgh.
Frazier batted .301 in 66 games last season. At this point, Josh Harrison is expected to be the starter at second base, but Frazier could eventually challenge him for that role.
Gregory Polanco, tabbed as the everyday left fielder this year, has been dealing with shoulder issues in recent weeks and will be designated hitter against the Boston Red Sox. The Pirates’ outfield is otherwise normal — normal, so long as you’ve accepted that Andrew McCutchen is the new right fielder and Starling Marte, who won a Gold Glove in 2015 and 2016, is in center.
The pitching matchup Monday is Gerrit Cole versus Rick Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. This is just the Pirates’ fourth game ever at Fenway Park.
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