Friday means a full nighttime slate of MLB action (well, almost; the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are off ahead of their two-game set in Mexico City). Our daily MLB lineup report is here to keep you up to date on who’s in, who’s out and who you need to monitor for your fantasy baseball teams as stars like Aaron Judge and Yordan Alvarez nurse injuries.
MLB starting lineups: Friday, April 28
Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins, 4:10 p.m. ET
Nick Pratto is back in the bigs and will start at first base for K.C., while Vinnie Pasquantino starts as the DH and Hunter Dozier fills in for Nicky Lopez at third.
Pratto is back in the big league lineup pic.twitter.com/Goj1qzmnwm— Royals Daily (@RoyalsDaily_) April 28, 2023
Max Kepler is back leading off while Byron Buxton slides down to fourth in the order and Joey Gallo gets another start at first.
Your #MNTwins lineup for the second game of the series against the Royals— Twins Talk (@LetsTalk_Twins) April 28, 2023
1. Max Kepler RF
2. Carlos Correa SS
3. Jorge Polanco 2B
4. Byron Buxton DH
5. Trevor Larnach LF
6. Jose Miranda 3B
7. Joey Gallo 1B
8. Christian Vásquez C
9. Michael A. Taylor CF
Pablo López P
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, 6:40 p.m. ET
Cody Bellinger returns while Nelson Velazquez serves as the DH and Trey Mancini starts at first.
Here is tonight's #Cubs starting lineup in Miami!— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 28, 2023
Tune in: https://t.co/Gs2hZXyTjH pic.twitter.com/TFJgDgTYe0
Bryan de la Cruz sits as Avisail Garcia and Jesus Sanchez man the corner outfield spots while Jorge Soler will DH.
G27/162 #marlins lineup— Louis Addeo-Weiss (@addeo_louis00) April 28, 2023
- Soler hits 3rd
- DLC sits after 5 K day
- Avi and Sánchez swap spots pic.twitter.com/sYa8A3SShZ
Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET
Jose Caballero starts at third as Eugenio Suarez will serve as the DH and AJ Pollock gets a day off.
Ladies and gentlemen, La Piedra #SeaUsRise— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 28, 2023
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Brandon Belt gets another start at DH with Whit Merrifield at second base and Alejandro Kirk behind the plate.
Let's make it 5 in a roWWWWW! #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/OCB4RBTWj4— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 28, 2023
Cleveland Guardians vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET
Amed Rosario hits second while Andres Gimenez remains buried at the bottom of the order. Will Brennan will start in right as Oscar Gonzalez sits.
4/28 Cleveland Guardians Lineup:— Grand Slam Picks (@GSMLBPicks) April 28, 2023
1 LF Steven Kwan
2 SS Amed Rosario
3 3B Jose Ramirez
4 1B Josh Naylor
5 DH Josh Bell
6 2B Andres Gimenez
7 C Mike Zunino
8 RF Will Brennan
9 CF Myles Straw
SP:Shane Bieber #ForTheLand #MLB
Masataka Yoshida moves up to second in the order while Rafael Devers drops to fourth against Shane Bieber. Enmanuel Valdez gets a start for the injured Christian Arroyo at second while Enrique Hernandez plays short.
Tonight’s lineup for Guardians @ Red Sox:— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) April 28, 2023
1. Verdugo RF
2. Yoshida LF
3. Turner DH
4. Devers 3B
5. Casas 1B
6. Duran CF
7. K. Hernández SS
8. McGuire C
9. Valdez 2B
Nick Pivetta gets the start. 7:10 first pitch. pic.twitter.com/XLiNKcmAuL
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET
Welcome back, Michael Harris II. The center fielder returns from his back injury and will bat ninth, while Eddie Rosario DHs and Kevin Pillar starts in left.
First of four in New York!#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/gHzXS0fQPq— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 28, 2023
For the first time this year, Brett Baty is starting against a lefty, while Francisco Alvarez gets another start behind the plate. Mark Canha starts in left with Tommy Pham at DH.
Friday night in the Citi. #LGM— New York Mets (@Mets) April 28, 2023
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET
Luke Raley and Josh Lowe both get days off as Manuel Margot and Jose Siri start in the outfield, while Harold Ramirez serves as the DH and Isaac Paredes mans third.
#Rays lineup for Game 2 against #WhiteSox. Two-way star Luke Raley gets the day off pic.twitter.com/laxwMKwijC— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) April 28, 2023
Yasmani Grandal sits again as Seby Zavala starts at catcher while Gavin Sheets will play right.
Tonight's #WhiteSox starters vs. Tampa Bay: pic.twitter.com/uTWZ9eUURS— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 28, 2023
New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
No Aaron Judge tonight after the outfielder was pulled from Thursday’s game. Willie Calhoun will DH while Aaron Hicks mans center and Oswaldo Cabrera plays left in his absence. Anthony Volpe gets a day off as DJ LeMahieu leads off and starts at third with Oswald Peraza at short.
Friday Night Baseball #RepBX pic.twitter.com/thid5iGgkt— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 28, 2023
Travis Jankowski and Josh Jung both return to the lineup after missing a game with minor injuries, while Robbie Grossman DHs and the red-hot Ezequiel Duran starts at short.
Tonight’s #Rangers lineup #StraightUpTX pic.twitter.com/QFDEuWgwy9— The Texas Baseball Report (@TxBaseballRpt) April 28, 2023
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros, 8:10 p.m. ET
Bryson Stott leads off despite a lefty on the mound, while Christian Pache fills in for Brandon Marsh in center and Josh Harrison plays left.
Phillies lineup for tonight— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) April 28, 2023
Rylan Bannon will make his MLB debut as Houston’s DH, while Mauricio Dubon leads off again and Corey Julks plays left for the injured Yordan Alvarez.
Rylan Bannon will make his Astros debut.— Houston Astros (@astros) April 28, 2023
: 7:10 PM
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Los Angeles Angels vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET
It’s a lineup full of righties against Wade Miley, as Chad Wallach will catch, Brandon Drury plays second and Gio Urshela starts at first.
4/28 Los Angeles Angels Lineup:— Grand Slam Picks (@GSMLBPicks) April 28, 2023
1 LF Taylor Ward
2 CF Mike Trout
3 DH Shohei Ohtani
4 3B Anthony Rendon
5 RF Hunter Renfroe
6 2B Brandon Drury
7 1B Gio Urshela
8 C Chad Wallach
9 SS Zach Neto
SP:Tyler Anderson #GoHalos #MLB
Luke Voit gets a start at first base while Rowdy Tellez drops down the order against a lefty and Owen Miller starts at second over Brice Turang.
Brewers (16-9) vs Angels (14-12) tonight at 7:10 PM CT @ American Family Field.— Brewers Fever (@Brewers_Fever) April 28, 2023
LHP Wade Miley (3-1, 1.96) vs LHP Tyler Anderson (1-0, 7.20)
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
Evan Longoria starts at third against a lefty, while Emmanuel Rivera serves as the DH and Geraldo Perdomo sits in favor of Nick Ahmed.
Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup:— Newzgod a.k.a. El_Negro_Loco (@Newzgod_dfs) April 28, 2023
1. Ketel Marte (S) 2B
2. Emmanuel Rivera (R) DH
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) LF
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
6. Corbin Carroll (L) RF
7. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
8. Gabriel Moreno (R) C
9. Alek Thomas (L) CF
Brenton Doyle continues to start in center, with Charlie Blackmon at DH, Ezequiel Tovar at short and Alan Trejo at second.
4/28 Colorado Rockies Lineup:— Grand Slam Picks (@GSMLBPicks) April 28, 2023
1 DH Charlie Blackmon
2 LF Jurickson Profar
3 RF Kris Bryant
4 1B C.J. Cron
5 3B Ryan McMahon
6 C Elias Diaz
7 2B Alan Trejo
8 CF Brenton Doyle
9 SS Ezequiel Tovar
SP:Kyle Freeland #Rockies #MLB
Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET
Henry Ramos gets another start, this time as the DH, while Stuart Fairchild will play left and Jose Barrero is back at shortstop.
4/28 #Reds (10-15) lineup @ OAK:— Sonja Chen 陈星雅 (@SonjaMChen) April 28, 2023
First pitch: 9:40 p.m. ET
Aledmys Diaz sits while Jordan Diaz gets the start at second and Kevin Smith handles short. Tony Kemp will start in left for Oakland.
This is the Oakland A's 27th game of the season, and their 26th unique lineup. #Athletics pic.twitter.com/RR9m3Ilwz4— Oakland A's Lineup Watch (@OaklandLineups) April 28, 2023
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Lars Nootbaar leads off again while Tommy Edman sits and Paul DeJong gets another start at shortstop.
Top of the lineup looks tasty for tonight's matchup between the @Cardinals and the @Dodgers #Nootbaar #STLCards pic.twitter.com/Jmz4yteL7H— Locked On Cardinals (@LO_Cardinals) April 28, 2023
No J.D. Martinez, who’s been put on the IL with the back ailment that’s kept him out the past few days. Will Smith returns from his concussion, though, and Max Muncy is back from the paternity list.
#Dodgers vs. #Cardinals lineup. Mookie at SS. J.D. Martinez places on injured list because of lower-back tightness. pic.twitter.com/hrbWgDZ9Rz— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 29, 2023