Blue Jays first lineup features old and new faces alike as 2024 season gets underway

Feb 20, 2024; Dunedin, FL, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) smiles during a drill
Feb 20, 2024; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) smiles during a drill / Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

It's official: the 2024 MLB season is upon us. It's still spring training, of course, but at this point we'll take what we can get.

The Blue Jays took to X to share their first lineup of 2024. There are a few everyday regulars missing from the lineup, but there are still plenty of what will eventually become starters for the club in the lineup.

Today's contest, which will come against the Philadelphia Phillies' spring training squad, is set to begin at 1:07pm ET and will take place at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida.

Here's the Blue Jays' starting lineup for the 2024 spring training opener:

  • 1. 2B Santiago Espinal
  • 2. SS Bo Bichette
  • 3. DH Justin Turner
  • 4. C Danny Jansen
  • 5. CF Daulton Varsho
  • 6. 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • 7. 1B Spencer Horwitz
  • 8. RF Nathan Lukes
  • 9. LF Cam Eden
  • SP - Chad Dallas

Storylines to watch

  • The top story of the day is Chad Dallas, Jays Journal's No. 19 prospect, who will get the ball in the spring opener. Initially, it was supposed to be uber-prospect Ricky Tiedemann getting the ball, but he was scratched thanks to hamstring discomfort.
  • Whit Merrifield recently signed with the Phillies, and he's going to be leading off for the club and playing second base.
  • Justin Turner and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are going to be shown off right from the get-go, it appears. Turner in particular is going to be an integral part of the Blue Jays' lineup this year, as he is still proving to be an above-average run producer at the young age of 39.

Other players set to play today

As relayed by's Keegan Matheson (X link), there are a whole slew of backup players that will also get some playing time in today's contest.

Orelvis Martinez, Leo Jimenez, Zach Britton, Brian Serven, Steward Berroa, Addison Barger, Luis De Los Santos, Will Robertson and Rafael Lantigua are all expected to enter the game as substitutions.

Where to watch the game

The Blue Jays' broadcast will be available on Sportsnet as well as NESN 360.

On a national stage, MLB Network will air the game for out-of-market viewers only.

Where to listen to the game

SN590 will have the Blue Jays' radio broadcast while 94 WIP will be the go-to channel for Phillies fans.