Opening Day is better than …

… Reading the Sunday paper, with a cup of coffee. And I love my Sunday paper and coffee.
… The dog deciding to “sleep in,” which means not getting up at 4:30 to, you know, pee.
… Trying to figure out who No. 78, No. 92 and No. 68 are during a Cactus League game.

Folks, it’s Opening Day and no matter how you slice it, it’s pretty cool. Personally, I’m looking forward to my second season covering the Padres. As usual, we’ll make this, not just this blog but our Padres site, the place to stop for all the details on the team, before game, in-game and, of course, after game.

Anyway, leave a comment if you like today. I’ll try to get to them the best I can today and during the game against the Astros. Here’s today’s starting lineups:

ASTROS (0-0):

CF Michael Bourn

RF Hunter Pence

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

SS Miguel Tejada

3B Ty Wigginton

2B Mark Loretta

C Brad Ausmus

P Roy Oswalt

PADRES (0-0):

RF Brian Giles

2B Tadahito Iguchi

3B Kevin Kouzmanoff

1B Adrian Gonzalez

CF Scott Hairston

SS Khalil Greene

C Josh Bard

LF Paul McAnulty

P Jake Peavy

So, I was thinking: Do the 2-3-4 hitters in the Astros lineup scare you as much as they scare me? Wow, I like Pence a lot and having Tejada hit fifth. Not bad. The rest of the lineup doesn’t do much for me, though. As for the Padres, as promised, P-Mac in left. He’ll see a lot of time against right-handed pitchers.

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