Young hits second as Gibson revises order

Young hits second as Gibson revises order

PHOENIX -- When it comes to D-backs manager Kirk Gibson's lineups, it's usually best to expect the unexpected.

Gibson did not reveal his Opening Day lineup until Friday morning, and when he did, it contained a couple of surprises.

First, Gibson decided to hit center fielder Chris Young in the No. 2 spot. Young had not hit there at all this spring and hit second in just one game last year. In his career, he has 274 at-bats in that spot.

"I'm not going to tell you exactly why I did it that, because I would tell you I have something in mind to do later within the game," Gibson said.

Given that Paul Goldschmidt has good numbers against Giants starter Tim Lincecum -- 5-for-9 with two homers -- he is in the fifth spot.

Another surprise was Aaron Hill, who spent a good part of the spring hitting second, batting in the No. 8 spot with Ryan Roberts hitting No. 7.

Gibson said he seriously considered hitting Roberts and Hill first and second in the lineup, but he likes the speed of Willie Bloomquist and Young in the top two spots.

"I like it the way it is," Gibson said. "It's not going to be that way every day. I woke up two days ago, it came to mind, and I stuck with it."

Young said he hopes that if he gets on base, No. 3 hitter Justin Upton will see better pitches to hit.

"It makes sense. I see the reasoning, I get it," Young said. "I think the point is for me to still be aggressive and be the same hitter I am no matter where I am in the lineup."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.