FRIDAY’S PRE-GAME DAILY FANTASY UPDATE
There have been two games postponed for very different reasons. The game between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to cold and windy conditions on the south side of Chicago. The last postponement at U.S. Cellular Field due to cold and wind was back on April 10, 2008, also against the Twins, according to the team's official Twitter account.
As far as the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox, the continued police activity and manhunt for Dzhokar 'Jahar' Tsarnaev, one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, has led to the cancellation of Friday's baseball game at Fenway Park. It's a sad situation, and a surreal situation, and there is no surprise that Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox wouldn't even risk putting one fan in the way of potential danger.
As far as the games that will be played tonight, there are plenty of lineup changes on a full slate, so don't get stuck with a zero in your daily lineup.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
There is an ugly complex of storms from the southeast to the mid-Atlantic, marching eastward. The game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles could be severely impacted.
Check out the BALTIMORE area local radar and make a determination for yourself!
Weather could also impact the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. This game 'could' make it to official status before the rains arrive, or it could rain before the midway point of the fifth inning. Either way, know there is a risk with starting players in this game, too.
Check out the PHILADELPHIA area local radar and make a determination for yourself!
OF Giancarlo Stanton ($5,500) (shoulder), who was 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his return Thursday, is in the lineup again. After missing a week with a bruised shoulder, he appears good to go. With SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, the Marlins turn to journeyman INF Nick Green to hold down the shortstop spot.
NEW YORK METS
OF Lucas Duda ($3,600) (back) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Washington Nationals. That's the good news. The bad news is that SP Stephen Strasburg ($12,400) is starting, and Duda is hitless in two career at-bats with a strikeout against the flamethrower. Duda will bat sixth and play left field. OFs Mike Baxter ($3,300) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis ($3,600) are out of the lineup.
1B/OF Brandon Moss ($4,000) was activated off the paternity list earlier Friday, and he is in the starting lineup for manager Bob Melvin. Moss starts at first base and bats fifth. C John Jaso ($3,200) is in the starting lineup, too, as C Derek Norris (jaw) rests. Norris left the game Wednesday after taking a foul tip to the left side of his jaw, and he remains day to day.
1B Ryan Howard is getting a scheduled day off, as far as we know. However, there are reports that Howard was limping and did not look to be 100 percent during Thursday's game. 3B Kevin Frandsen ($3,400) gets the starting nod at first base, batting sixth in manager Charlie Manuel's lineup. OF Domonic Brown (back) is out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day due to his mid-back strain. He was able to make a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday, and presumably would be available for the same duties Friday, but he is not worth a salary of $3,600 for potentially one at-bat. OF John Mayberry ($3,900) gets the start in right field, and he bats fifth. Also, C Humberto Quintero ($2,000) is in the lineup, batting eighth, while C Erik Kratz ($3,700) sits.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
3B David Freese and C Yadier Molina are getting the day off Friday, but it is a scheduled day and not due to injury. C Tony Cruz ($3,100) gets the start behind the dish, while 1B/3B Ty Wigginton ($3,600) draws in at third base, batting sixth in manager Mike Matheny's starting lineup. It's no surprise, either, was Wigginton is a career .318 hitter (7-for-22) with two doubles, one home run and two RBI in his career against Phillies SP Roy Halladay ($11,100).
1B/Dh Lance Berkman ($5,300) is back in business after missing time due to National League park rules which prohibit the designated hitter. He is serving as the DH.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
OF Jose Bautista ($5,600) (back, ear) is back in the lineup for manager John Gibbons, serving as the designated hitter. Conventional wisdom says to avoid Joey Bats until he can prove his health in one full game. However, he is 9-for-29 (.310) with a double, triple, two home runs and five RBI in his career against New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ($9,300). Despite the return of Bautista, OF Rajai Davis ($4,200) is in the lineup and playing right field again. Davis is 7-for-12 (.583) with a homer, three RBI and a team-high 1.417 OPS against Pettitte.
3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup due to a left hamstring injury. 1B/3B Chad Tracy ($3,200) fills in at third base. 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) also remains out of the starting lineup, as 2B/OF Steve Lombardozzi fills in yet again.
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