Royals set Opening Day lineup

Royals set Opening Day lineup

ARLINGTON -- The Royals' lineup for Opening Day appears to be set and there are no surprises.

Mark Teahen, after a torrid Spring Training at bat and having a crash course defensively, will be at second base and batting third on Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Or, as manager Trey Hillman put it cautiously before Saturday's final Spring Training game against the Rangers: "Most probably, unless something unforeseen happens today."

Nothing did as Teahen finished up the game in right field and went 1-for-2 to finish Cactus League play with an average of .433 with seven homers and 14 RBIs.

Teahen gets the starting nod at second base ahead of Willie Bloomquist and Albert Callaspo.

The lineup is as projected in MLB.com's Royals preview on Friday:

1. CF Coco Crisp
2. LF David DeJesus
3. 2B Mark Teahen
4. RF Jose Guillen
5. 1B Mike Jacobs
6. DH Billy Butler
7. 3B Alex Gordon
8. C Miguel Olivo
9. SS Mike Aviles
SP. RHP Gil Meche

There was little doubt that Teahen, although a left-handed batter, would be in the lineup against left-hander Mark Buehrle. That's because Teahen has batted .419 (18-for-43) against Buehrle in his career.

Although Aviles batted most often in the second slot last year, he's down to No. 9, although that might change if Teahen is out of the lineup and not batting third.

"If Teahen's not in that three-spot, depending on how comfortable Mike is and what the matchups are, it could be Mike two or even three. And David also knows his slot is not really going to change much between two and three unless Coco needs a day, and then he defaults to the leadoff," Hillman said.

DeJesus led off most often last season but that changed when the Royals obtained Crisp from Boston.

Hillman previewed his Opening Day batting order in Friday night's game against the Rangers at Frisco, Texas, a 7-2 loss.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.