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

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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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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.