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Daily MLB lineups, fantasy analysis 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 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 sources we use 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.

St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.

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Greg Garcia is in the Cardinals' starting lineup for a second day in a row in place of Matt Carpenter (paternity list), but today he bats leadoff as Jeremy Hazelbaker heads to the bench.

Matt Adams is also on the bench against Washington righty Max Scherzer.

Jayson Werth leads the Nationals with a 1.124 OPS against lefties this season, and he is 6-for-20 with two home runs in his career against Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia.

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.

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Mookie Betts returns to the Red Sox lineup, batting leadoff, and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- looking to start a new hitting streak on Friday -- is back in the sixth spot against Toronto righty Aaron Sanchez.

David Ortiz is out of the lineup for the Red Sox. In his absence, Travis Shaw moves up to bat cleanup.

Jose Bautista gets the night off for the Blue Jays, giving Ezequiel Carrera the nod in the leadoff spot. Troy Tulowitzki returns to the lineup after a day off on Thursday and hits in his usual sixth spot.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.

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Adrian Gonzalez has two home runs in 11 career plate appearances against Mets righty Jacob deGrom.

Michael Conforto does what he normally does against lefties and takes a seat in this meeting versus Dodgers rookie sensation Julio Urias. Asdrubal Cabrera moves up to bat second, while David Wright bats third.

Yoenis Cespedes is the hottest hitter on the Mets, batting .364 with two home runs, two doubles and two walks in his past six games.

Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m.

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The Orioles continue to experiment with different lineups. Tonight, Adam Jones is in the leadoff spot and Hyun Soo Kim bats second. It's safe to say we haven't seen anything like that this season.

Matt Wieters is out, with Caleb Joseph starting behind the plate, batting ninth.

Carlos Santana returns to the leadoff spot for Cleveland, pushing Rajai Davis down to ninth in the order. Interestingly, all five of Davis' home runs this season have come out of the leadoff spot.

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 p.m.

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Facing Chris Archer is a big challenge for any lineup, but say this about the Yankees tonight -- they are the closest to full strength as they have been all season. Mark Teixeira is out, but Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez make up the top five hitters in the order tonight.

Dustin Ackley remains the fill-in for Teixeira at first base. The light-hitting utility man bats ninth in this one.

Brandon Guyer and Logan Morrison are the two hottest hitters on the Rays. Guyer is batting .375 with two homers and three doubles in his past six games, while Morrison is batting .476 with two homers in the past seven games. That being said, Morrison is just 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Masahiro Tanaka.

Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves, 7:35 p.m.

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Giancarlo Stanton (side) and Christian Yelich (back) remain out for the Marlins, leaving Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour to serve as the team's third- and fourth-place hitters.

Ozuna enters the game on a tear at the plate, batting .500 with two home runs, four doubles and a triple in his past seven games.

The Braves face young lefty Adam Conley, and believe it or not their top hitter against lefties this season is Freddie Freeman (.839 OPS, 3 HR, 3 2B, 6 BB).

Pittsburgh Pirates at Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m.

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John Jaso takes a seat on the bench, which isn't surprising given the matchup against veteran southpaw Cole Hamels. Jordy Mercer steps in as the Pirates' leadoff hitter tonight. Meanwhile, Sean Rodriguez gets the nod at first base over David Freese and bats ninth. Freese fills in at third base in this one, leaving Jung Ho Kang in the designated hitter role.

Gregory Polanco is all the way down in the eighth spot in the lineup in this one.

Former top prospect Jurickson Profar was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday and immediately finds himself as the Rangers' leadoff hitter. This is his first game in the big leagues since 2013. In 169 minor league at-bats this season, Profar batted .284 with five home runs, nine doubles and four steals.

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:10 p.m.

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Jonathan Lucroy is back in the lineup for Milwaukee after a day off on Thursday.

The Brewers have two hitters who destroy left-handed pitching -- Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar -- and both are in the lineup Friday night. Braun has four home runs and a 1.105 OPS against lefties, while Villar has two homers, four doubles, five steals and a 1.048 OPS against southpaws.

Joey Votto (3-for-21), Jay Bruce (2-for-17), Adam Duvall (4-for-21), Zack Cozart (3-for-19), Billy Hamilton (4-for-21) and Eugenio Suarez (0-for-18) are all slumping at the plate for Cincinnati.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, 8:15 p.m.

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Watch out for the weather again tonight in Kansas City, where thunder storms are in the forecast and there's a higher than 50 percent chance of rain after 8 p.m. EST.

Adam Eaton is out of the White Sox lineup, and veteran outfielder Austin Jackson moves up to take his spot in the order. Meanwhile, Melky Cabrera bats second against Royals lefty Danny Duffy.

Jarrod Dyson, who is 7-for-8 in his career against White Sox righty Miguel Gonzalez, is batting ninth for Kansas City.

Brett Eibner, a 27-year-old outfielder, makes his major league debut and bats eighth for the Royals, serving as the DH.

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 8:40 p.m.

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Hunter Pence (hamstring) remains out for San Francisco, which goes with Gregor Blanco, Jarrett Parker and center-field staple Denard Span in the outfield.

Trevor Brown starts behind the dish for the Giants, moving Buster Posey to first base and allowing Brandon Belt to get a night off after he sprained his ankle in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds both have two home runs off of Matt Cain, while Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra have each taken him deep once.

Surprisingly, the left-handed hitting Carlos Gonzalez is 8-for-52 with 17 strikeouts in his career against the right-handed Cain.

San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m.

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Rickie Weeks is in the cleanup spot for the Diamondbacks. So far this season, he is 2-for-11 when hitting fourth.

Jake Lamb is out of the Arizona lineup against Padres lefty Christian Friedrich. Brandon Drury remains in the lineup and takes over at third base with Lamb out.

Wil Myers (forearm) is in the Padres' starting lineup for the first time since Monday. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .280 with a pair of home runs against lefties, making him a good bat to have in the lineup against hard-throwing southpaw Robbie Ray.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m.

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George Springer hammered two homers out of the leadoff spot on Thursday, and he's back atop the Astros' lineup Friday night, with Jose Altuve batting second for the fourth game in a row.

Colby Rasmus (3-for-21), Carlos Correa (3-for-26), Altuve (2-for-25) and Jason Castro (2-for-16) have all been slumping over the past week.

C.J. Cron has two home runs in six career plate appearances against Astros righty Mike Fiers. Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout each have taken Fiers deep once.

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 p.m.

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Ian Kinsler returns to the lineup after two days off and is back in the leadoff spot, sending Cameron Maybin down to the seventh spot in the order.

Kinsler leads all Tigers regulars with three home runs and a 1.109 OPS against lefties this season, and he faces a hittable one Friday night in rookie Sean Manaea.

Billy Burns is the hottest hitter on the A's, batting .381 with two steals in his past six games. He also would have had two triples during that span, but he was deked by Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager and thrown out on what would have been a sure triple had he slid into the bag.

Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m.

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Trevor Plouffe returns to the hot corner and bats fifth for the Twins.

Not many hitters own Felix Hernandez quite the way Joe Mauer has in his career (.341/.400/.585). The Twins' first baseman has homered off of King Felix twice.

Franklin Gutierrez replaces the injured Leonys Martin, who left Wednesday's game after tweaking his hamstring on the basepaths. The right-handed hitting Gutierrez has two home runs and a .814 OPS against lefties this season, and gives the Mariners a good option from that side of the plate against Twins' rookie southpaw Patrick Dean.


Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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Maikel Franco took advantage of Philadelphia's off day to recover from a minor ankle sprain. He's in his usual No. 3 spot in the order, playing third base this afternoon. Ryan Howard sits as Tommy Joseph plays first base and bats cleanup.

Cameron Rupp will not play for the Phillies on Friday. Instead, it's Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, batting fifth ahead of second baseman Cesar Hernandez.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is giving Anthony Rizzo the afternoon off -- his first break of the season -- and is resting Jason Heyward. Ben Zobrist bats second, with Kris Bryant filling in at first base. Jorge Soler hits cleanup ahead of right fielder Matt Szczur. Javier Baez plays third base and hits seventh.