With the Yankees just days away from opening up their 2014 season against the Houston Astros, we've learned quite about the team's roster in the past couple of days that helps clear up a lot of questions surrounding it.

We now know that Michael Pineda will be the fifth starter, as expected, and today we pretty much found out that Francisco Cervelli will be the backup to Brian McCann behind the plate. At this point, I would say that there are three, maybe four, more roster spots still up for grabs.

So one last time, let's try to figure out the 25-man roster that will face the Astros on Tuesday.

The starting lineup:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Carlos Beltran
  4. Brian McCann
  5. Mark Teixeira
  6. Alfonso Soriano
  7. Kelly Johnson
  8. Brian Roberts
  9. Brett Gardner

I don't see why there would be any reason to dispute that this will be the Opening Day lineup. You could make a case to change up who hits where in the lineup, but this is who I would construct things. But at the end of the day, I'm not Joe Girardi, manager of the Yankees. I'm Gavin Ewbank, Yankees blogger.

Of course, though, you have to assume that Ellsbury will make it through the rest of the week healthy enough to play on Opening Day. From what I hear, everything went well during his minor league game yesterday in Tampa, and it sounds as if he should be ready to go for Tuesday.

The starting rotation:

  1. CC Sabathia
  2. Hiroki Kuroda
  3. Ivan Nova
  4. Masahiro Tanaka
  5. Michael Pineda

This was announced Tuesday, no changes will be made here unless an injury happens between now and Tuesday.

The bench:

  1. Francisco Cervelli
  2. Dean Anna
  3. Eduardo Nunez
  4. Ichiro Suzuki

Cervelli and Ichiro are already locks for the bench unless a last-minute trade happens, and I don't see one happening. The only competition her is between the infielders trying to earn backup spots. It's almost certain at this point that Brendan Ryan will start the season on the DL, and Girardi has mentioned that the two infield bench spots will go to two from the group of Nunez, Anna and Yangervis Solarte.

Anna and Solarte are undoubtedly playing better than Nunez is this spring, and deserve the spots more than him, but because Nunez and Anna are already on the 40-man roster and Solarte isn't, they likely have the upper hand in the race, meaning it's very likely they'll both be heading to Houston.

The bullpen:

  1. David Robertson
  2. Shawn Kelley
  3. Matt Thornton
  4. David Phelps
  5. Adam Warren
  6. Dellin Betances
  7. Cesar Cabral

The first six on the list are pretty much locks. Robertson will be the closer, Kelley will probably work as the setup to begin the year, Thornton will be the LOOGY, and Phelps and Warren will work as long-relief pitchers, and maybe one of the two will work in regular relief roles. Betances has probably been the most impressive pitcher in camp this year and has earned his roster spot, probably more than anyone else in camp.

Coming into the spring, I thought that Preston Claiborne was almost a lock to start the year in the big league bullpen, but giving up six runs yesterday against the Blue Jays, plus the fact that he has not looked very good at all this spring, he's probably punched his ticket to Triple-A Scranton.

Brian Cashman told reporters Wednesday that he would prefer to have two lefties in the bullpen, and if they do decide to begin the season with two left-handers, I would guess that Nuno and Cabral get the most consideration. Fred Lewis has also opened some eyes this spring, but he'll start in Triple-A.

The reason that I picked Cabral over Nuno was because I think that he would be better suited for the role, while I think that it makes more sense to send Nuno to Triple-A to keep him stretched out as a starter, where he has been reliable for the Yankees. Having staring pitching depth is always important, and I'm not sure it's a very good thing to have your best three non-rotation starting optioned pitching out of the bullpen.

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