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MLB lineups for Monday, June 5: Wander Franco returns to lineup for Rays

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Monday, June 5.

Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after being called out at home during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 30, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

It’s a relatively light Monday slate, with just eight games on tap as half the league travels after wrapping up weekend series. The cupboard is still far from empty, though, as the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox wrap up what’s been a wild series so far, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays square off in a battle of AL contenders and top prospect Andrew Abbott makes his first Major League start for the Cincinnati Reds. As always, our daily lineup report will keep you up to date on who’s in and who’s out so you can set your DFS and fantasy squads with confidence.

MLB starting lineups: Monday, June 5

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. ET

Wander Franco is back after battling hamstring tightness over the weekend, while Vidal Brujan has been called up with Brandon Lowe needing an IL stint for his balky back. Those two will handle short and second, respectively, with Yandy Diaz serving as the DH, Josh Lowe in right and Luke Raley in left.

Rob Refsnyder will lead off with a lefty on the mound as Justin Turner spells Triston Casas at first, Masataka Yoshida drops to fifth in the lineup and Enrique Hernandez gets a rare start in center over the slumping Jarren Duran.

Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6:40 p.m. ET

Zach McKinstry will lead off and start in right while Akil Baddoo continues to bat in the heart of the order against righties with Riley Greene out. Nick Maton gets the nod at third while Andy Ibanez takes second base.

Brandon Marsh sits in favor of Dalton Guthrie against a lefty, while Kyle Schwarber leads off again and Drew Ellis gets another start after his two-homer game on Sunday.

Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins, 6:40 p.m. ET

Nick Pratto will lead off with Bobby Witt Jr. serving as the DH, Maikel Garcia at short, Edward Olivares in left and Drew Waters in center.

Jorge Soler gets a day off to rest his sore thumb, with Garrett Cooper serving as the DH, Jesus Sanchez in right and Jonathan Davis in center.

Oakland Athletics vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Brent Rooker returns to the lineup as the DH with Seth Brown in right, JJ Bleday in left, Jace Peterson at second and Tony Kemp on the bench.

Connor Joe will get a start in right and bat third against a lefty, while Ji-Hwan Bae mans center and Mark Mathias starts at second.

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET

Jose Altuve sits again as he nurses an oblique injury, meaning Mauricio Dubon leads off and starts at second base. Jeremy Pena is up to second in the lineup with Corey Julks getting a start in left and Jake Meyers in center.

George Springer gets a day at DH as Cavan Biggio draws another start, this time in right field.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET

Luis Urias returns for the first time since the opening week of the season, batting sixth and playing third base. Christian Yelich will serve as the DH with Brian Anderson in right and Blake Perkins in left.

Jake Fraley will lead off and play right field while Nick Senzel gets a start in center for the injured TJ Friedl, Will Benson plays left and Kevin Newman mans third.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET

Tommy Edman will start in center and lead off with Luken Baker drawing another start at DH, Jordan Walker in right and Oscar Mercado in left.

Mitch Garver serves as the DH with Ezequiel Duran sliding out to left field as Texas looks to keep his bat in the lineup, especially against lefties.

Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 9:10 p.m. ET

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Rougned Odor moves up to the leadoff spot as the Padres desperately try to get something going on offense. Ha-Seong Kim will spell Xander Bogaerts at short with Gary Sanchez behind the plate and Matt Carpenter serving as the DH.