A full early week means a light travel day on Thursday, with just about half the league out of action. Still, there are plenty of start/sit decisions for fantasy baseball managers to make, so let’s get right to today’s lineup report.
MLB starting lineups: Thursday, April 20
Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. ET
A day game after a night game means a breather for Byron Buxton as Nick Gordon plays center and Eduoard Julien moves to third in the lineup.
Christian Arroyo remains out while Yu Chang is back off the paternity list for Boston, as Jarren Duran starts in center and Enrique Hernandez fills in at second once again.
And here is the lineup. No Arroyo but sounded like he’d be available off the bench.— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) April 20, 2023
Red Sox vs Twins: Verdugo RF, Devers 3B, Turner DH, Yoshida LF, K. Hernández 2B, Casas 1B, Wong C, Duran CF, Chang SS, Houck P
Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Angels will stack righties against Nestor Cortes, with Brandon Drury starting at first and Luis Rengifo playing second while Gio Urshela gets the day off.
L.A. Angels Lineup:— Newzgod a.k.a. El_Negro_Loco (@Newzgod_dfs) April 20, 2023
1. Taylor Ward (R) LF
2. Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Brandon Drury (R) 1B
7. Luis Rengifo (S) 2B
8. Logan O'Hoppe (R) C
9. Zach Neto (R) SS
Welcome to the show, Oswald Peraza. The recently-recalled top prospect will get his first start of the year at second base, while Gleyber Torres serves as the DH and Oswaldo Cabrera plays left. Isiah Kiner-Falefa gets a start in center while Franchy Cordero sits against a lefty.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:35 p.m. ET
Spencer Steer is finally back in the lineup for Cincy after missing several games with a knee injury, batting third and playing third base. Nick Senzel will move back to center.
The red-hot Andrew McCutchen remains in the three-hole for Pittsburgh, while Jack Suwinski and Ji-Hwan Bae get two more starts at center and second base respectively.
Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6:40 p.m. ET
Elias Diaz is back behind the dish for Colorado, while Elehuris Montero serves as the DH (still no Charlie Blackmon) and Ezequiel Tovar starts at short:
Jake Cave gets another start against a righty, while Josh Harrison continues to handle third-base duties while Edmundo Sosa is banged up.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:40 p.m. ET
Still no Mookie Betts or Miguel Rojas for L.A., as Luke Williams mans short and Trayce Thompson gets a rare start against a righty.
Tucker Barnhart will handle catching duties while Eric Hosmer will start at DH for Chicago and Trey Mancini plays first base.
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET
Welcome back, Fernando Tatis Jr.:
Jake McCarthy and Nick Ahmed are both back for Arizona while Gabriel Moreno will catch.
New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants, 9:45 p.m. ET
No Brett Baty and no Francisco Alvarez against a lefty tonight, as Eduardo Escobar and Tomas Nido will start at third and catcher, respectively, while Luis Guillorme plays second, Jeff McNeil plays right and Starling Marte rests his sore neck.
Michael Conforto returns to the starting lineup, as LaMonte Wade Jr. leads off and Blake Sabol handles catching duties for San Francisco.