After a light travel day on Thursday, all 30 MLB teams are back in action on Friday — with 14 night games and just one matinee at Wrigley Field. That means lots of start/sit decisions for fantasy baseball managers, as injuries have really taken their toll around the league. Luckily, our daily lineup report is here to help you keep track of who’s in and who’s out.
MLB starting lineups: Friday, April 21
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
Alas, it would appear that the Mookie Betts shortstop experiment was a short-lived one, at least for now — he’s back in right field and leading off for L.A, while Trayce Thompson and Luke Williams start in center and short, respectively.
#Dodgers Utility man Mookie Betts back in right field pic.twitter.com/WDFcmTtoQZ— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) April 21, 2023
Patrick Wisdom will DH as Nick Madrigal gets a start at third and Eric Hosmer has the day off against lefty Julio Urias.
#Cubs lineup vs #Dodgers 4/21 (1:20 CT): Hoerner 2B, Swanson SS, Happ LF, Suzuki RF, Wisdom DH, Bellinger CF, Mancini 1B, Gomes C, Madrigal 3B (Smyly P)— Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) April 21, 2023
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:35 p.m. ET
Not much changes for the Reds, with Spencer Steer in the lineup again and Jason Vosler at first base.
Doug on the bump tonight in Pittsburgh.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 21, 2023
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Connor Joe and Jack Suwinski continue to hold down Pittsburgh’s outfield and swing very hot bats, while Mark Mathias will play second and Rodolfo Castro handles short.
Pirates’ lineup for tonight’s game against Cincinnati pic.twitter.com/GhxEkYXG4S— Andrew Destin (@AndrewDestin1) April 21, 2023
Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 6:40 p.m. ET
Business as usual for the White Sox, as Jake Burger continues to start at third base. Andrew Benintendi will lead off and Yasmani Grandal catches.
A righty on the mound for Chicago means lefties Josh Lowe and Luke Raley will start for Tampa, while Isaac Paredes plays third and Harold Ramirez serves as the DH.
Lineups for #Rays and #WhiteSox tonight, with Wander Franco back in after the day off Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/dbUcrGcTWd— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) April 21, 2023
Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET
Nick Maton leads off again while Kerry Carpenter cleans up and Matt Vierling starts in left. Jonathan Schoop will play second base for Detroit.
#Tigers lineup today at Baltimore Orioles:— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) April 21, 2023
Nick Maton (3B)
Riley Greene (CF)
Javier Báez (SS)
Kerry Carpenter (RF)
Spencer Torkelson (1B)
Matt Vierling (LF)
Miguel Cabrera (DH)
Jonathan Schoop (2B)
Jake Rogers (C)
Michael Lorenzen (RHP)
No Jorge Mateo in the lineup tonight as he battles hip tightness, meaning Gunnar Henderson shifts to short and Ramon Urias plays third.
#Orioles lineup: pic.twitter.com/WHdvQraKzF— Rich DubroffMLB (@RichDubroffMLB) April 21, 2023
Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Willi Castro gets a start at second base tonight for Colorado while Charlie Blackmon is back in the DH spot and Alan Trejo takes shortstop over Ezequiel Tovar.
#Rockies lineup vs. #Phillies. Follow @Feinsand for coverage. pic.twitter.com/g8lh6TVk5e— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) April 21, 2023
Philly welcomes Edmundo Sosa back to the lineup, as he’ll start at third base while Jake Cave continues to start against righties.
Game 2️⃣ #RingTheBell— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 21, 2023
https://t.co/HhDxScbmEV // https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON pic.twitter.com/1dBGc4XuAn
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
Brandon Belt gets a start at first while Cavan Biggio plays second base for Toronto and Alejandro Kirk gets a night off.
Anthony Volpe appears entrenched as New York’s leadoff man right now, as Oswald Peraza starts at third and Isiah Kiner-Falefa is back in center with another lefty on the mound.
Back at Yankee Stadium for Yankees vs. Blue Jays. Here’s the lineup… pic.twitter.com/dGkJM8IJFt— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) April 21, 2023
Miami Marlins vs. Cleveland Guardians, 7:10 p.m. ET
No Avisail Garcia while Jesus Sanchez gets a start in the outfield for Miami. Jorge Soler will DH.
#Marlins Lineup:— Kevin Barral (@kevin_barral) April 21, 2023
- Avi Garcia out
- Sanchez in pic.twitter.com/LzGEijKDuL
The struggling Josh Naylor drops all the way to eighth tonight despite a righty on the mound as Josh Bell will DH and Amed Rosario returns to the lineup at short.
Hope Pitbull shows up.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/Hb5Hded85R— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) April 21, 2023
Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET
Mauricio Dubon leads off again while Corey Julks plays left and Jake Meyers gets the start in center for Houston.
Tonight’s #Astros lineup as they take on #ForTheA. #MLB #Ready2Reign pic.twitter.com/2ZWylwXnus— The Texas Baseball Report (@TxBaseballRpt) April 21, 2023
Marcell Ozuna sits again as Kevin Pillar gets another start in left while the red-hot Sam Hilliard mans center field.
Back on Battery Ave!#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/q2YjmicKhD— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 21, 2023
Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
Esteury Ruiz leads off again while Connor Capel starts in right, Aledmys Diaz plays second and Tony Kemp patrols left for Oakland.
Today's lineup vs. Texas - April 21, 2023 at Globe Life Field pic.twitter.com/lH8rTLRBHi— Oakland A's Communications (@AthleticsPR) April 21, 2023
Robbie Grossman will take his turn in the two-hole for Texas, while Bubba Thompson and Leody Taveras hold down left and center, respectively. Josh Smith and Travis Jankowski get days off.
Our City Connect debut. #StraightUpTX pic.twitter.com/MVN7lc0LHP— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 21, 2023
Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
Stone Garrett continues to start in left, this time sending Alex Call to the bench. Keibert Ruiz is up to second in the batting order.
#Nationals Lineup for the Opener against the Twins tonight at 8:10p ET (Williams v. Mahle) pic.twitter.com/3MEHqqrGXM— District on Deck (@DistrictOnDeck) April 21, 2023
Jorge Polanco is officially back as the Twins’ second baseman, as Eduoard Julien was sent down to Triple-A. Polanco will bat fifth tonight.
Your #MNTwins lineup for the first game of the series against the Washington Nationals— Twins Talk (@LetsTalk_Twins) April 21, 2023
1. Max Kepler RF
2. Carlos Correa SS
3. Byron Buxton DH
4. Trevor Larnach LF
5. Jorge Polanco 2B
6. Jose Miranda 3B
7. Joey Gallo 1B
8. Ryan Jeffers C
9. Michael A. Taylor CF
Tyler Mahle P
Boston Red Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET
It’s Boston’s standard lineup against a lefty, as Yu Chang, Enrique Hernandez and Jarren Duran get starts up the middle.
Tonight’s lineup for Red Sox @ Brewers:— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) April 21, 2023
1. Verdugo RF
2. Devers 3B
3. Turner DH
4. Yoshida LF
5. K. Hernández 2B
6. Casas 1B
7. McGuire C
8. Duran CF
9. Chang SS
Nick Pivetta gets the start. 8:10 first pitch. pic.twitter.com/bIboKTg690
Owen Miller gets the start at third while Jesse Winker DHs for Milwaukee.
Brewers (14-5) vs Red Sox (10-10) tonight at 7:10 PM CT @ American Family Field.— Brewers Fever (@Brewers_Fever) April 21, 2023
RHP Freddy Peralta (2-1, 3.18) vs RHP Nick Pivetta (0-1, 4.50)
Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels, 9:38 p.m. ET
Michael Massey is up to fifth in the lineup while Edward Olivares serves as the DH and Jackie Bradley Jr. gets a start in left.
Here's how we're taking the field in Anaheim as Taylor Clarke heads to the mound vs. the Angels to open the road trip.#WelcomeToTheCity pic.twitter.com/we6hyhwyLz— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 21, 2023
No Mike Trout tonight in what is hopefully just a routine day off. Luis Rengifo will handle center field while Anthony Rendon moves to third in the lineup.
#Angels Lineup⚾— Anaheim Sports (@AnaheimSports1) April 21, 2023
Kansas City Royals vs Anaheim Angels
April 21, 2023, 6:38 PM PST Angel Stadium
Taylor Clarke vs Shohei Ohtani ⚔️#KCvsLAA #GoHalos #大谷翔平 #Ohtani pic.twitter.com/1FPUQvJ9aF
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET
It’ll be Nelson Cruz rather than Matt Carpenter at DH for San Diego tonight, while Fernando Tatis Jr. leads off again and Brett Sullivan catches.
Day ✌️ in the desert.#BringTheGold pic.twitter.com/w2uaUShrt7— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 21, 2023
Corbin Carroll: three-hole hitter. Gabriel Moreno is back behind the dish for Arizona while Pavin Smith serves as the DH and Jake McCarthy sits.
Game 21. #ArizonaBorn pic.twitter.com/dGwC72MNlB— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 21, 2023
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET
No Tyler O’Neill or Dylan Carlson tonight for St. Louis, as Alec Burleson plays left, Nolan Gorman starts at DH and Jordan Walker will handle right with Lars Nootbaar in center.
Verified: Tonight's Lineup pic.twitter.com/ZPB8nKNrew— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 21, 2023
Tom Murphy starts behind the dish over Cal Raleigh against a lefty and Jose Caballero makes yet another start at second base for Kolten Wong.
The Cardinals make a rare visit to Seattle for a three-game set. pic.twitter.com/qQZugVii92— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 21, 2023
New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty are back in the lineup for New York, with Luis Guillorme at second and Jeff McNeil in right. Daniel Vogelbach will serve as the DH.
Tonight’s #Mets lineup— MetsAvenue (@MetsAvenue) April 21, 2023
It’s the usual lineup against a lefty for the Giants, with Thairo Estrada leading off followed by Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf, J.D. Davis and David Villar. Joey Bart will catch and Heliot Ramos starts in left with Brett Wisely in center.
Giants’ lineup vs. Mets:— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) April 21, 2023
Thairo Estrada - SS
Wilmer Flores - 1B
Darin Ruf - DH
J.D. Davis - 3B
David Villar - 2B
Mike Yastrzemski - RF
Joey Bart - C
Heliot Ramos - LF
Brett Wisely - CF
Anthony DeSclafani - RHP