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Astros lineup for Opening Day

You can’t tell it by this photo, but at about 9 a.m. ET time it was snowing at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, about four hours before the Astros begin the regular season against the Phillies:

Tarp on the field in Philly for the snow

Here is the Astros’ starting lineup:

CF Michael Bourn — Fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Astros.

SS Angel Sanchez — First career appearance on an Opening Day roster.

RF Hunter Pence — In 23 career games vs. the Phils, Hunter Pence has tallied 10 HR and 21 RBI while hitting .330 (30×91) with a .681 slg. pct. (ranks 4th among opp. since 2007)

LF Carlos Lee — Lee has 9 HR and 31 RBI vs. PHI since ‘07 with a .615 slg pct.

2B Bill Hall –– Hall is fourth different Opening Day starter for the Astros at second base in five years — Craig Biggio (2007), Mark Loretta (2008), Kaz Matsui (2009-10)

3B Chris Johnson — Making his first Opening Day start.

1B Brett Wallace — Wallace hit .377 and was among the Grapefruit League leaders with 18 RBI.

C Humberto Quintero — Led team with a .471 batting average in the spring.

P Brett Myers — This is Myers’ fourth career Opening Day start, all of which have come at Citizens Bank Park. He started for the Phillies from 2007-09.

Myers plans to keep emotions in check for Opening Day

Brett Myers, in his first public comments since he was told he was going to start on Opening Day for the Astros, downplayed the assignment, saying he didn’t want to get too worked up and lose focus of the task at hand.

Astros manager Brad Mills said Friday that Myers would get the ball April 1 when Houston begins the season in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Myers will be the first Astros pitcher other than Roy Oswalt to start on Opening Day since Wade Miller in 2002. Oswalt had made eight consecutive Opening Day starts, a club record.

“If I read too much into it, it’s like one of those things where you get too amped up for something and then you have to control your emotions and be able to pitch,” Myers said. “It is Opening Day and it’s kind of like a playoff game, but you’re starting the season. So you have to control your emotions and try to make pitches and don’t get too hyped up. I’m not thinking too much about it right now.”

This will be Myers’ fourth Opening Day assignment in five years. He was the Phillies’ Opening Day starter from 2007-09, and he said he doesn’t anticipate any extra emotions pitching against his former team.

“I won’t know until I get there,” he said. “I pitched there last year so I think I should be OK. It is Opening Day and there will be a lot of adrenaline going. I try not to think too much about it and go out there and make pitches.”