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MLB lineups for Saturday, April 8th: Who’s starting, who’s sitting

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Saturday, April 8th.

Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins takes the field before the home opener against the Houston Astros at Target Field on April 7, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

MLB’s dance card is full on Saturday, featuring all 30 teams in action throughout the day. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who should you have in your fantasy lineup? Here’s your MLB starting lineup report for Saturday, April 8th, complete with fantasy streaming advice.

MLB starting lineups: Saturday, April 8th

Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET

Jeremy Pena’s struggles have finally dropped him out of the leadoff spot on Saturday against Minnesota’s Joe Ryan, as Chas McCormick will draw the start in left and bat first.

Another day, another game in which Trevor Larnach bats third for Minnesota — as long as the Twins are facing a righty, he’ll be locked into the middle of the lineup and a great source of counting stats. Joey Gallo is out of the lineup after leaving Friday’s game with soreness in his side, while Max Kepler has been placed on the 10-day IL as he battles a knee issue.

Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET

Bobby Witt Jr. is back in the lineup for the Royals after a day off on Friday, while Franmil Reyes draws a start at DH against lefty Sean Manaea.

LaMonte Wade Jr. continues to lead off against righties for the Giants, while J.D. Davis gets a start at third base for David Villar and Blake Sabol will catch after Roberto Perez’s injury on Friday.

Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m. ET

Robbie Grossman and Mitch Garver are in the lineup for the Rangers today against left-hander Justin Steele.

The Hoerner/Swanson/Happ trio remains fixed atop the Cubs’ lineup, while Trey Mancini and Patrick Wisdom follow against lefty Martin Perez.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 4:05 p.m. ET

Wil Myers moves up to third against Philly lefty Bailey Falter, Spencer Steer starts for Jason Vosler at third and TJ Friedl looks to continue his hot start in left.

Injuries to Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall have compelled the Phils to shift Alec Bohm across the diamond to first base, while Josh Harrison returns to the lineup.

Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4:10 p.m. ET

Esteury Ruiz gets another chance to lock down the leadoff spot for Oakland, where he could run wild if he can get on base enough. Brent Rooker also will start against lefty Jeffrey Springs.

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Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets, 4:10 p.m. ET

The Marlins have shifted things around after a dismal offensive start to the season, with Jazz Chisholm up to the leadoff spot and Luis Arraez hitting third against Kodai Senga.

Mark Canha and Tommy Pham get starts against lefty Trevor Rogers for the Mets, while inexplicably Tomas Nido — rather than Francisco Alvarez — will again handle catching duties.

Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers, 4:10 p.m. ET

Rob Refsnyder of all people will hit leadoff for Boston today against lefty Joey Wentz, while Justin Turner slides into the three hole and Adam Duvall gets another start amid a red-hot stretch for the lefty-killer.

Nick Maton has slid into the leadoff spot for the Tigers, while Miguel Cabrera gets a day off.

Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Guardians, 6:10 p.m. ET

Jarred Kelenic starts again for Seattle, while Eugenio Suarez and Cal Raleigh remain in plum lineup positions.

Our finest scholars have yet to solve why Cleveland insists on batting Andres Gimenez behind the scuffling Oscar Gonzalez, but we’re close to a breakthrough. (Also of note: Josh Naylor starting even against a lefty.)

Chicago White Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:35 p.m. ET

Andrew Benintendi is back in the lineup for the White Sox after a day off, while Oscar Colas gets another start in right field — hitting seventh rather than ninth this time.

Business as usual for the Pirates, with Carlos Santana and Ji-Man Choi getting starts against righty Michael Kopech.

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET

A rare Aaron Hicks sighting as Oswaldo Cabrera mans right field, Hicks takes left and DJ LeMahieu takes center — with Josh Donaldson injured and Giancarlo Stanton needing DH reps, the Yankees have little choice but to start their maligned outfielder on some nights.

Kyle Stowers once again isn’t in the Orioles lineup, and we’re starting to get concerned that he’s gone missing — Terrin Vavra will get the start in right field.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. ET

Tommy Edman appears to be St. Louis’ preferred leadoff option against left-handers, while lefty-mashers Dylan Carlson and Juan Yepez both start.

Luke Voit, Brian Anderson and Owen Miller get the call with St. Louis throwing lefty Jordan Montgomery, while Brice Turang gets a day off.

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET

Trent Grisham is atop San Diego’s lineup against Charlie Morton while Matt Carpenter, who’s hit Morton well throughout his career, gets the call at DH and is an appealing DFS play.

Travis d’Arnaud will handle catching duties while Eddie Rosario draws the start in left against righty Michael Wacha.

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies, 8:10 p.m. ET

Alex Call once again leads off, this time against a lefty in Austin Gomber, with Lane Thomas dropping to fifth in the order.

Charlie Blackmon will lead off while Mike Moustakas will man third in place of Elehuris Montero as the Nationals run righty Trevor Williams to the mound.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m. ET

Still no Miguel Rojas in the lineup for L.A. as he rehabs a groin injury — Chris Taylor will start at short.

Well, at least Corbin Carroll has reached fifth in the lineup, although we still don’t understand why Arizona won’t let him hit leadoff already.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m. ET

Anthony Rendon has returned to L.A.’s lineup after serving his three-game suspension.