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MLB lineups for Tuesday, April 18: Who’s starting, who’s sitting

We provide updates on MLB lineup news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Tuesday, April 18.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees in action against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2023 in Bronx, New York. New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-0. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Several rainouts yesterday make for an even busier Tuesday slate than usual around MLB — which means plenty of start/sit decisions for fantasy baseball managers and actionable info for bettors. We’ll keep you up to date on who’s playing and who’s not throughout the day in our daily MLB lineup report.

MLB starting lineups: Tuesday, April 18

Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 1, 1:10 p.m. ET

No Josh Naylor in the first game of this doubleheader against Detroit lefty Matthew Boyd and Amed Rosario continues to sit out with a balky back — Gabriel Arias will start at first while Tyler Freeman handles shortstop.

Matt Vierling will take a seat while Kerry Carpenter handles right field and Akil Baddoo gets a start in left with Cleveland righty Hunter Gaddis on the mound.

Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 2, time TBD

Will Brennan gets a rare leadoff assignment as Steven Kwan sits and Josh Naylor is back in at the DH spot for game two.

A few changes for Detroit after its win in game one, with Matt Vierling, Tyler Nevin and Jonathan Schoop entering the lineup.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago White Sox, Game 1, 4:10 p.m. ET

It’s a pretty strong lineup for Philly despite being the first game of a split doubleheader, although Josh Harrison will get the start over Edmundo Sosa at third base while Alec Bohm slides to first. Jake Cave gets the nod against righty Lance Lynn.

It’s a similarly regular nine for the White Sox, although Gavin Sheets will sit. Jake Burger gets another start at third while Yoan Moncada is out. Keep an eye on the game-two lineups, as we could see some absences after most of the starters go this afternoon.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago White Sox, Game 2, time TBD

A couple changes for Philly after winning game one, as Drew Stubbs will catch, Kody Clemens plays first, Christian Pache mans left field and J.T. Realmuto and Jake Cave will sit.

Rumy Gonzalez gets a start in left in the nightcap for Chicago, while Yasmani Grandal DHs and Andrew Benintendi sits.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cincinnati Reds, 6:40 p.m. ET

Vidal Brujan gets a start in right with lefty Nick Lodolo in the mound, while Manuel Margot plays center and Josh Lowe gets a day off.

Kevin Newman will start at short after his big night last night, while the usual left-handed crew (TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, Jason Vosler) all start for Cincy. Nick Senzel is still at third as Spencer Steer gets more rest for his banged-up knee.

San Francisco Giants vs. Florida Marlins, 6:40 p.m. ET

LaMonte Wade Jr. is back atop the order against a righty while Wilmer Flores drops down to fifth and Blake Sabol starts at catcher.

With lefty Alex Wood on the mound, Jazz Chisholm drops to sixth in the order while Jorge Soler serves as the DH and bats fourth.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET

Ryan O’Hearn gets a start at first for the O’s while Ryan Mountcastle slides to DH. Still no Ramon Urias, who’s in the concussion protocol.

Finally some consistent playing time for Stone Garrett, as he’ll start in left in place of Alex Call and bat seventh — with Lane Thomas handling leadoff duties — against Baltimore.

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

It’s another leadoff assignment for Anthony Volpe — that’s four in the last six games — while Gleyber Torres serves as the DH and DJ LeMahieu bats fifth and starts at third. The outfield for New York is a bit of a mess after Giancarlo Stanton’s injury, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa in center and Aaron Hicks in left.

Zach Neto drops down in the lineup with a righty on the mound, as Taylor Ward and Mike Trout are back after a day off and will hit 1-2 in the order.

Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Donavan Solano will lead off against lefty Chris Sale, while Kyle Garlick takes over for Trevor Larnach in left and Max Kepler gets another start in right.

Enrique Hernandez fills in for the banged-up Christian Arroyo at second base while Jarren Duran will man center.

Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:40 p.m. ET

Travis Jankowski is back in the two-hole as Robbie Grossman and Brad Miller continue to earn starts vs. righties. Sandy Leon spells Jonah Heim at catcher.

The top four remain the same for K.C., while Franmil Reyes will DH and Edward Olivares is back in the lineup in left.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:45 p.m. ET

No Alek Thomas in the lineup for Arizona, as Corbin Carroll will patrol center and Josh Rojas serves as the DH to make room at third for the lefty-mashing Evan Longoria.

Jordan Walker will sit for St. Louis, as Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neill and Lars Nootbaar make up the Cardinals outfield. Nolan Gorman will DH and bat fifth.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros, 8:10 p.m. ET

Brandon Belt and Santiago Espinal will start again at DH and second base, respectively, as Alejandro Kirk handles catching duties.

Still no Chas McCormick for Houston, who has to be thinking about putting their starting center fielder on the injured list at this point. In the meantime, Mauricio Dubon will continue leading off while Jake Meyers takes his spot in the outfield.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET

The red-hot Connor Joe is up to third in the lineup now, with Canaan Smith-Njigba and Jack Suwinski earning starts in the outfield and Carlos Santana at DH.

Ezequiel Tovar gets a start tonight while Elehuris Montero sits. Alan Trejo is at second while Ryan McMahon slides over to third.

Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET

Eric Hosmer is back in the lineup despite a lefty on the mound, while Yan Gomes catches and Luis Torrens gets a start at DH.

Esteury Ruiz leads off again while Connor Capel gets another start in right for Oakland.

Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres, 9:40 p.m. ET

Not many changes to Atlanta’s lineup with another lefty on the mound, as Marcell Ozuna starts at DH while Kevin Pillar and Eli White hold down left and center.

Rougned Odor is back in the lineup for the first time in a little while, as Matt Carpenter gets another start at DH in place of Nelson Cruz.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Seattle Mariners, 9:40 p.m. ET

Jesse Winker returns while Christian Yelich leads off and Owen Miller starts for the slumping Joey Wiemer in right field.

Tommy La Stella gets a start at DH while Jose Caballero spells J.P. Crawford at shortstop.

New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Mets fans probably won’t be pleased with Tomas Nido and Eduardo Escobar starting over Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez. Tommy Pham and Mark Canha get their usual starts with a lefty on the mound.

Let’s get weird, Dave Roberts. Mookie Betts gets a day off, which means James Outman will now hit leadoff for L.A. David Peralta will patrol left field.