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Braves shake up Opening Day lineup with catchers facing Covid-19 symptoms

The Braves and Mets unveiled their Opening Day starting lineups on Friday. We break down what they look like and a notable change due to Covid-19.

Alex Jackson of the Atlanta Braves at bat against the Boston Red Sox during a Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 01, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Major League Baseball got through Opening Day on Thursday, and now it’s back for the busier Opening Day on Friday. The day opens with the New York Mets hosting the Atlanta Braves, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mike Soroka takes the hill for the Braves, while Jacob deGrom gets the Opening Day nod for the Mets.

The big news heading into this matchup is the Braves catcher position. Both catchers on their roster, Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers remain in Atlanta due to Covid-19 symptoms. Both tested negative, but the team is not taking any chances. The club recalled Alex Jackson and William Contreras to fill in for the two missing catchers. Jackson will get the start and bat ninth. Additionally, recently signed Matt Adams is in the lineup as the designated hitter, and will hit fifth.

The Mets benefit from the newly-implemented NL DH rule. Yoenis Céspedes gets the start there instead of his normal left field. They have him hitting fifth, followed by fellow veteran Robinson Cano in the sixth spot.

Atlanta Braves starting lineup

1. Ronald Acuña Jr., RF
2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. Matt Adams, DH
6. Austin Riley, 3B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Ender Inciarte, CF
9. Alex Jackson, C
SP: Mike Soroka, RHP

New York Mets starting lineup

1. Brandon Nimmo, CF
2. Jeff McNeil, 3B
3. Pete Alonso, 1B
4. Michael Conforto, RF
5. Yoenis Céspedes, DH
6. Robinson Canó, 2B
7. J.D. Davis, LF
8. Wilson Ramos, C
9. Amed Rosario, SS
SP: Jacob deGrom, RHP