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MLB lineups for Saturday, April 29: Yordan Alvarez finally returns for Astros

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Saturday, April 29th.

Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros bats during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on April 22, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

As if a full Saturday slate — across three countries, no less — and injuries to several big stars wasn’t enough to monitor, postponements due to weather yesterday have given us two doubleheaders as well. It’s a lot to keep track of and we could be seeing more rain today as well, so the daily MLB lineup report is here to make sure you’re updated to on who’s starting and who’s sitting.

MLB starting lineups: Saturday, April 29th

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 1, 12:10 p.m. ET

The O’s are running out a modified lineup in the day game of this doubleheader, with Adley Rutschman sitting as James McCann catches and Anthony Santander serves as the DH. Gunnar Henderson is also out while Ramon Urias plays and bats third.

Javier Baez returns to the lineup at DH while Zack Short fills in at shortstop and Akil Baddoo starts in left as Kerry Carpenter goes on the IL.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals, Game 1, 1:05 p.m. ET

Miguel Andujar gets the call and will start in right and bat sixth for Pittsburgh against lefty Patrick Corbin, while lefty-masher Rodolfo Castro moves up to fifth in the lineup.

Stone Garrett moves up to the cleanup spot with a lefty on the mound while Dom Smith drops down to seventh for D.C. Keibert Ruiz will sit in game one.

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET

Salvador Perez will DH while Nick Pratto starts once again and Nicky Lopez is back in the lineup at third base.

Business as usual for the Twins, with Max Kepler leading off, while Trevor Larnach gets a start in left and Ryan Jeffers spells Christian Vazquez behind the plate.

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 3:07 p.m. ET

No Ty France today as Sam Haggerty gets the nod at first, Tom Murphy catches and Kolten Wong is back at second.

Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk sit for Toronto as Danny Jansen catches and Cavan Biggio starts at second.

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, 4:05 p.m. ET

Tucker Barnhart starts behind the dish for Chicago while Trey Mancini and Eric Hosmer will DH and play first, respectively.

Jorge Soler serves as the DH while Yuli Gurriel bats third and plays first for Miami. Bryan de la Cruz and Jesus Sanchez man the corner outfield spots.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics, 4:07 p.m. ET

No Jake Fraley or TJ Friedl as the A’s run lefty Kyle Muller to the mound. Spencer Steer starts at first, Nick Senzel gets the nod at third, Stuart Fairchild plays left, Jose Barrero shifts to center and Kevin Newman will be at short.

Ramon Laureano returns from his hamstring injury and starts in right with Esteury Ruiz in center, while Carlos Perez catches and Shea Langeliers gets a day off.

Cleveland Guardians vs. Boston Red Sox, 4:10 p.m. ET

Oscar Gonzalez is back in the lineup in right field while Mike Zunino catches.

No Triston Casas or Enrique Hernandez for Boston, as Raimel Tapia starts in left, Christian Arroyo is back in the lineup at short and Enmanuel Valdez plays second.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m. ET

Jake Cave gets a start as Christian Pache has been placed on the IL, while Kody Clemens starts at first for Philly.

For Houston, meanwhile, Yordan Alvarez finally returns from his neck injury, starting at DH while Corey Julks mans left field again.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 2, 5:10 p.m. ET

Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson are back in the lineup after missing game one, with Ryan McKenna in center and Cedric Mullins sitting.

Zack McKinstry will lead off in the nightcap, while Javier Baez plays short, Miguel Cabrera DHs and Andy Ibanez gets a start at first.

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres, 6:05 p.m. ET

LaMonte Wade Jr. leads off again while Mitch Haniger returns to the lineup and Blake Sabol gets another start at catcher.

Fernando Tatis Jr. will lead off for San Diego in Mexico City, while Nelson Cruz serves as the DH and Trent Grisham bats ninth.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals, Game 2, 6:05 p.m. ET

Jack Suwinski is back for game two, while Tucupita Marcano starts at second and Carlos Santana will play first.

Luis Garcia moves up to second in the order while Joey Meneses will DH.

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers, 7:05 p.m. ET

Still no Aaron Judge as Jake Bauers is set to make his Yankees debut in left field while Isiah Kiner-Falefa plays center and Oswaldo Cabrera starts in right with Willie Calhoun at DH.

Travis Jankowski bats second once again with Robbie Grossman at DH, Ezequiel Duran at short and Bubba Thompson in left.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Yandy Diaz gets the day off to rest his banged-up shoulder while Taylor Walls fills in at third. Josh Lowe will bat cleanup and DH, Luke Raley starts in right and Francisco Mejia gets the call behind the dish.

Luis Robert continues to lead off despite his struggles, while Gavin Sheets hits third and Adam Haseley gets a start in left.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. ET

Zach Neto is back in the leadoff spot against Corbin Burnes, sending Taylor Ward down to seventh, while Gio Urshela starts at first and Chad Wallach catches.

Victor Caratini starts at catcher as William Contreras serves as the DH. Mike Brosseau and Luke Voit line up at third and first respectively with a lefty on the mound.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies, 8:10 p.m. ET

No Ketel Marte for Arizona tonight, as Josh Rojas slides over to second, Emmanuel Rivera plays third and Geraldo Perdomo starts at short with Evan Longoria serving as the DH.

Randal Grichuk is set to make his 2023 debut, starting in left and sending Jurickson Profar to the bench while Trenton Doyle continues to start in center and Charlie Blackmon serves as the DH.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. ET

Tommy Edman returns to the leadoff spot as Lars Nootbaar bats ninth against a lefty while Andrew Knizner catches, Willson Contreras serves as the DH and Paul DeJong starts at shortstop again.

Chris Taylor starts at shortstop and bats cleanup — yes, cleanup — with Trayce Thompson in left and Will Smith at DH.