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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 past five games.

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

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

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 past six games.

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

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Rajai Davis gets his first start since Michael Brantley came off the disabled list, batting leadoff against Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan. The Indians' speedy outfielder has a career .346 wOBA against southpaws.

With Davis in the lineup, Tyler Naquin has the night off for Cleveland.

Odubel Herrera is turning into one of the most patient hitters in the majors, and that is evident by his 13 walks in 68 plate appearances against right-handers this season. As a rookie in 2015, he earned only 22 free passes in 403 plate appearances against righties. Herrera leads all Phillies regulars with an .886 OPS vs. RHP this season.

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

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Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw have all homered off of Masahiro Tanaka.

Two more hits by Dustin Pedroia on Thursday gives the 32-year-old second baseman multiple hits in seven of his past eight games.

The Yankees no longer have Chris Young to mash against lefties like they did last season, but they do have Starlin Castro, who leads the team with an .864 OPS against southpaws in 2016.

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 greater than a 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 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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Rain is in the forecast in Arlington -- better than a 40 percent chance from 9-10 p.m. ET -- so be aware of that before rostering.

Prince Fielder is back in the Rangers' lineup after getting a rare off day Wednesday.

Several Angels have had a lot of success in their career against Rangers veteran Colby Lewis. Kole Calhoun (11-for-28, HR, 3B, 2 2B), Mike Trout (12-30, 4 HR, 2B, 2 3B) and Albert Pujols (9-26, 3 HR) all make for great fantasy options Friday.

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

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Giancarlo Stanton is out of the lineup for the Marlins, giving Marcell Ozuna the cleanup responsibilities against Brewers righty Zach Davies.

At least for a night, Derek Dietrich takes over at second base for Miami following Thursday's news that Dee Gordon (banned substance) is suspended for 80 games.

Ichiro Suzuki is in the lineup again and batting leadoff, the position he called home for so many years in Seattle. Of his 25 at-bats this season, only three have come from the leadoff spot.

Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana is 9-for-23 with a home run, two doubles and four walks against lefties this season.

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

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Miguel Cabrera has five home runs and five doubles in 38 career at-bats against Phil Hughes.

For the third game in a row, J.D Martinez gets the nod in the two-hole for Detroit while Justin Upton takes Martinez's former spot in the order, batting fifth.

Danny Santana is back in the leadoff spot for a third straight game for the Twins, while former leadoff hitter Eduardo Nunez falls to the seventh spot, the same place he batted last game.

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

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The chances of rain dwindles following first pitch, but it is in the forecast in the hours leading up to the game. That's worth keeping an eye on.

Only one Cardinals starter has homered off of Stephen Strasburg -- Jedd Gyorko. That isn't to say that the team has struggled off the tall right-hander; as a team, the Cardinals' current roster is 20-for-67 off of Strasburg.

Leaving Bryce Harper out of your fantasy lineups would be a big mistake Friday. The left-handed hitting slugger enters the night with seven home runs and a slash line of .302/.426/.755 in 68 plate appearances against right-handers this season.

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.