Daily MLB lineups for Friday

Every lineup for every game with expert fantasy spin. Andrew Janik

Lineups are an important part of the daily fantasy baseball research process. Whether you're playing daily fantasy or setting a lineup in a season-long league with daily changes, you'll want to make sure your preferred players are starting and in favorable spots in the order.

With that in mind, ESPN will provide daily lineups for every MLB team, along with some expert advice on how fantasy players should approach the day's lineups and matchups.

Please note that projected lineups are used until confirmed lineups are announced. Confirmed lineups are paired with the source we used to populate the batting order, which is linked in each team's lineup module. Updates (including scratches) will be reflected as they become available.

Note: Projected lineups are educated guesses by our editors, who consider platoon matchups, recent lineups, injuries, news and other factors. All times listed are ET.

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

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In 79 plate appearances against righties this season, Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has 23 hits, including 10 extra base hits, 12 walks and a 1.003 OPS.

Devin Mesoraco is out of the Reds lineup. Tucker Barnhart has the duties behind the plate and bats sixth.

Cincinnati's leadoff man Zack Cozart is 9-for-22 with two home runs and two doubles in his last five games.

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

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Pay attention to the forecast in Baltimore. The chances of rain increases into the evening, with more than a 30 percent chance after 9 p.m. EST.

Orioles leadoff man Joey Rickard is 8-for-21 with a home run and three doubles against lefties in his first month in the big leagues. Another Baltimore hitter to watch tonight against White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon is Mark Trumbo, who already has five homers and a double against lefties this season.

Dioner Navarro is one of the hottest hitting catchers going right now, with two home runs, a double, triple and three walks in his last six games.

Cleveland Indians at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m.

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

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San Francisco Giants at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.

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Weather could be a problem in the latter half of this game, as the forecast calls for a greater than 40 percent chance of rain by 9 p.m.

Yoenis Cespedes (leg) makes his first start since last Friday, batting in the cleanup spot.

Hard-throwing southpaw Steven Matz takes the pill to the hill for the Mets tonight, so who should you target among the Giants hitters? Surprisingly, the ones with most success against left-handed pitching this season are lefty hitters themselves - Brandon Belt and Joe Panik. Belt is 6-for-20 with a double, triple and home run, while Panik is 13-for-33 with a double and two triples.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 p.m.

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Josh Donaldson is 8-for-19 with two home runs, two doubles and a triple against lefties this season, and is 6-for-11 with two homers and two doubles off of Rays southpaw Drew Smyly.

Tampa Bay shortstop Brad Miller is 2-for-7 with a walk and a stolen base in his first two games batting out of the two-hole, and he's back in that spot in the lineup for a third game in a row on Friday.

Evan Longoria is just 1-for-11 in his career against Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m.

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Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:10 p.m.

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Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins, 8:10 p.m.

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Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 p.m.

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Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m.

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 p.m.

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Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m.

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San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

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Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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Against left-hander Jon Lester, Drew Stubbs will be in center field for the Braves, batting eighth. Mallex Smith sits. Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia will flip-flop and hit 3-4 this afternoon for the first time since before the Boston series.

Kris Bryant is out today due to a slight ankle sprain, and the Cubs are hoping this will only be a brief absence. Second baseman Ben Zobrist will bat third in his place.

Jorge Soler returns to the Chicago lineup, playing left field, after a day off. He bats fifth ahead of today's third baseman Javier Baez.