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MLB lineups for Thursday, June 8: What can Elly De La Cruz do for an encore?

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Thursday, June 8.

Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds hits a triple in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 07, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

What was originally set to be a relatively light Thursday slate around MLB has become a bit more crowded, as yesterday’s weather-related postponements have added a couple more games to the schedule. It’s an early start today, with the first game set for 12:35 p.m. ET, so let’s get our daily lineup report started and help you set those DFS and fantasy squads with confidence.

MLB starting lineups: Thursday, June 8

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds, 12:35 p.m. ET

David Peralta and James Outman return to the outfield for L.A., with Chris Taylor getting a start at shortstop.

Elly De La Cruz shifts back to third base and will bat cleanup this afternoon, with Matt McLain at short and Kevin Newman playing first and leading off. That bumps Spencer Steer to the outfield for the first time this year.

Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m. ET

Willi Castro will lead off and play second base as Jorge Polanco gets a day at DH. Trevor Larnach gets the nod in left with Max Kepler in right and Michael A. Taylor in center.

Yandy Diaz misses his second game in a row as Josh Lowe again leads off and will play right field. Luke Raley fills in at first with Harold Ramirez serving as the DH.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 2:10 p.m. ET

Adam Frazier leads off again while Adley Rutschman gets a day at DH and James McCann handles catching duties. Ryan O’Hearn gets the nod in left with Austin Hays in center and Aaron Hicks on the bench.

Rowdy Tellez will serve as the DH with Jon Singleton at first, Luis Urias at third and Owen Miller at second base.

San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET

Joc Pederson will serve as the DH today as J.D. Davis returns to the lineup at third base. Casey Schmitt spells Brandon Crawford at short while Austin Slater gets the nod in center field.

Jurickson Profar, Brenton Doyle and Randal Grichuk man the outfield for Colorado, with Nolan Jones getting a start at first and Harold Castro playing second.

Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees, game one, 4:05 p.m. ET

Chicago is running out largely its A lineup in game one of this doubleheader, with Yoan Moncada at third, Jake Burger at DH and Seby Zavala behind the dish.

Willie Calhoun slides into the leadoff spot and will play right field with Aaron Judge on the IL. Giancarlo Stanton serves as the DH with Jake Bauers in left, the recently recalled Billy McKinney in center and Oswaldo Cabrera spelling Anthony Volpe at short.

Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

Zack McKinstry leads off again with Nick Maton cleaning up and serving as the DH. Akil Baddoo fills in again for Riley Greene in center, while Jonathan Schoop gets a start at third and Tyler Nevin plays left.

Kyle Schwarber remains in the leadoff spot with Kody Clemens at first and Josh Harrison at third base.

Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees, game two, time TBD


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

Jeremy Pena leads off again with Jose Altuve batting second, Chas McCormick in left and Jake Meyers getting another start in center field.

Brandon Belt serves as the DH again with Santiago Espinal spelling Daulton Varsho in left and Santiago Espinal getting the nod at second.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians, 7:10 p.m. ET

Jarren Duran slides up to the leadoff spot tonight, with Triston Casas batting fifth and Rob Refsnyder getting a start in right field while Alex Verdugo sits.

Cleveland refuses to make much of any change to its lineup, with Will Brennan starting in right and Cam Gallagher spelling Mike Zunino behind the plate.

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET

Mark Vientos spells Pete Alonso at first base as the Polar Bear rests his bruised wrist, while Brett Baty mans third and Tommy Pham gets a start in left. Francisco Alvarez serves as the DH and will bat second.

Travis d’Arnaud starts behind the plate as Sean Murphy gets a night off, while Marcell Ozuna serves as the DH and Eddie Rosario starts in left.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels, 9:38 p.m. ET