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MLB starting lineup news, injury report for Saturday, July 3rd

We’re updating you throughout the day with all the latest lineup news and injuries heading into Saturday’s MLB slate.

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs the bases after hitting a homerun against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 02, 2021 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

We have a full 15-game slate in the majors Saturday, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will not only have betting but also fantasy implications. Over the course of the day, we will be keeping up to date with the latest injury and lineup news before first pitch between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

The Mets and Yankees were scheduled to begin the Subway series Friday night, but it was postponed due to rain. This is a pivotal series for both teams as the Mets are trying to hold on to their lead in the NL East race, while the Yankees are looking to stay in contention in the AL East. Taijuan Walker (6-3, 2.38 ERA), who has been outstanding this season for the Mets will get the start and Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 4.06 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees.

In addition to this series, there’s a lot of attention surrounding the HR race in the majors as Shohei Ohtani hit two more HRs on Friday night, giving him 30 on the season. He has now hit the most home runs in Angels’ history before the All-Star break. The two-way star player will try to add to his lead on Saturday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB lineup and injury news — Saturday, July 3rd

Bobby Dalbec back at first base for Red Sox

The BoSox will have rookie Bobby Dalbec back at first base after suffering a hamstring injury on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. Dalbec will hit eighth tonight against the Athletics. This season, the 26-year-old is slashing .218/.267/.426 with 10 HRs and 34 RBI in 64 games. Dalbec is valued at $2700 in DFS and averaging 6.1 FPPG. He’s hitting .273 at the plate against left-handed pitchers this season as he gears up to face southpaw Cole Irvin.

Yasmani Grandal not in the starting lineup vs. Tigers

Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal will not be in the starting lineup today due to a calf injury. Grandal exited Friday’s game with calf tightness and replaced by Zack Collins in the fifth inning. Collins will be the starting catcher in Saturday’s game and batting 8th in the White Sox’s batting order. This season, the 26-year-old is hitting .232 with 3 HRs and 19 RBI in 41 games. He’s currently valued at $3,200 in DFS and averaging 5.0 FPPG.

Brandon Nimmo back in the starting lineup vs. Yankees

New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo will be back in the starting lineup and hitting in the leadoff spot in Saturday afternoon’s series opener against the Yankees. The 28-year-old has been on the IL since May 5 due to a partially detached ligament in his left hand. He was officially activated off the injury list on Friday but the game was postponed due to weather.