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Colorado Rockies spring training game preview: Kyle Kendrick vs. Texas Rangers

Kyle Kendrick gets his last tune up before Opening Day.

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Kyle Kendrick is taking the mound for the Colorado Rockies today. The next time we write that, it will be for a real baseball game. Opening Day is almost here folks.

The first five in the lineup are all Opening Day starters as well, with an interestingly structured order. Corey Dickerson isn't a prototypical lead-off guy, but I like him there. While he's been typecast as a free swinger, his OBP last year was still an above average .364, and there's a solid chance that he stakes the Rockies to a quick 1-0 lead.

Carlos Gonzalez in the two hole is another intriguing option that hasn't been talked about enough in my opinion. Most people seem to see him as either a lead-off guy or a number three guy. Cargo seems like an ideal two-hole; he can drive in the lead-off man from first with a double, he can hit homers, and he can run the bases very well if he gets on. I love him there.

Rafael Ynoa, who has presumably locked down a utility job with the big club, gets the start at second base. Drew Stubbs in center will attempt to get his strikeouts under control before the real games begin.

The Texas Rangers will use the designated hitter in today's game. Colby Lewis gets the start with this lineup backing him up.

1. Delino DeShields Jr., CF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
4. Nomar Mazara, RF
5. Thomas Field, 2B
6. Ed Lucas, 3B
7. Jared Hoying, LF
8. Chris Gimenez, C
9. Trever Adams, 1B