Opening Day lineup: Garcia in left field, Zack Collins at DH as White Sox open 2021 season

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Lucas Giolito of the White Sox pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the MLB spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 22, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Leury Garcia was in left field and Zack Collins at designated hitter on Thursday.

Andrew Vaughn will have to wait.

Probably until Friday night in the second game of the season.

But for openers, new White Sox manager Tony La Russa selected Garcia, the faster, more experienced — by a landslide — over Vaughn to start in left on Opening Day Thursday. The Sox play the Angels at 9:05 p.m. CST (NBCSCH, ESPN-1000) will Lucas Giolito starting against Dylan Bundy.

Here’s the lineup:

Tim Anderson SS

Adam Eaton RF

Jose Abreu 1B

Yoan Moncada 3B

Yasmani Grandal C

Leury Garcia LF

Luis Robert CF

Zack Collins C

Nick Madrigal 2B

La Russa on Wednesday said Garcia would probably play left field after Vaughn played three of the last four Cactus League games in left, a position he has not played. Vaughn, a right-handed hitter, will likely start at DH Friday against Angels lefty Andrew Heaney.

La Russa said he plans to get his bench players enough at-bats to keep them fresh. Collins, who did not play in the Cactus League finale Tuesday, would have been off three consecutive days if sat out tonight. Collins, who made the team as a backup catcher, had a good spring offensively.

Vaughn, meanwhile, will wear jersey No. 25 after he wore 81 this spring. Billy Hamilton, the speedy veteran outfielder signed during spring training, made the team and will will wear 0.

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