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MLB lineups for Friday, April 28: Aaron Judge out of the lineup with hip injury

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Friday, April 28.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out against the Texas Rangers in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Field on April 27, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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.

Max Kepler is back leading off while Byron Buxton slides down to fourth in the order and Joey Gallo gets another start at first.

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.

Bryan de la Cruz sits as Avisail Garcia and Jesus Sanchez man the corner outfield spots while Jorge Soler will DH.

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.

Brandon Belt gets another start at DH with Whit Merrifield at second base and Alejandro Kirk behind the plate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yasmani Grandal sits again as Seby Zavala starts at catcher while Gavin Sheets will play right.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brenton Doyle continues to start in center, with Charlie Blackmon at DH, Ezequiel Tovar at short and Alan Trejo at second.

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.

Aledmys Diaz sits while Jordan Diaz gets the start at second and Kevin Smith handles short. Tony Kemp will start in left for Oakland.

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.

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.