FRIDAY’S PRE-GAME DAILY FANTASY UPDATE
Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill ($4,900) (hand) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw ($12,500). Hill will be batting third, which is a good thing, and with three hits in 11 at-bats (.273) he isn't a terrible start. He also has three walks and just two strikeouts with a .429 on-base percentage against the L.A. hurler.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez continues to find ways, sometimes creative ones, to get C Evan Gattis ($2,200) into the lineup. He gets the nod at first base for the series opener in Washington. He has back-to-back two-hit games, and he has hit safely in three straight, and five of the past six. If you are looking for a cheap option at catcher, even though he is playing first base, Gattis might be a nice addition.
BOSTON RED SOX-TAMPA BAY RAYS
The 7:05pm ET scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park has already been postponed due to inclement weather. Just FYI, SP Felix Doubront ($8,300) will have his turn skipped as a result of the rainout. Rays SP Alex Cobb ($8,200) was the scheduled starter for Friday. He will now be moved back to Sunday.
Reds manager Dusty Baker has elected to give 1B/3B Todd Frazier ($3,100) a mental day off in the series opener at Pittsburgh. He has no hits over his past 12 games. 3B Jack Hannahan ($3,200) gets the start against SP A.J. Burnett ($9,300), as he looks to improve on a subpar 4-for-19 (.211) career average against the Pittsburgh hurler. Hannahan also has eight career strikeouts against Burnett. Frazier still wouldn't have been much better, even if he were hitting. He is just 1-for-10 (.100) lifetime against Burnett.
Indians C Carlos Santana ($4,100) (thumb) is out of the lineup again Friday for the series opener against the Chicago White Sox, but he might be ready to return in some capacity, either as a starter or off the bench, Saturday. Stay tuned. In the meantime, C Yan Gomes gets the nod, and will bat seventh.
Twins 1B/OF Chris Parmelee ($3,400) is out of the lineup for the interleague opener against the New York Mets and SP Jonathon Niese ($9,000), a left-hander, on the hill. Parmelee has been decent this season, going 8-for-27 (.296) overall, and 2-for-6 (.333) against southpaws, but manager Ron Gardenhire is playing the percentages anyway, or so it seems. OF Wilkin Ramirez ($2,000) gets the starting nod, and might be a solid cheap option to allow you to spend heavily at every other position. Oddly enough, Gardy sticks with OF Aaron Hicks ($2,000) in center field. He has managed just two hits in 35 at-bats (.057) on the season, and he has just one run scored and a .165 OPS.
NEW YORK METS
Mets manager Terry Collins moved OF Lucas Duda ($3,600) to the designated hitter spot for the interleague series opener at Minnesota. The Mets will be working against old pal SP Vance Worley ($8,300), who they know well from his days with the Philadelphia Phillies. Duda is 5-for-10 (.500) lifetime with a double, home run and two RBI against Worley. 1B/2B Daniel Murphy ($4,000) is even hotter against the former Phillies hurler, going 10-for-15 (.667) with a double, triple, three RBI and just one strikeouts while posting a sparkling 1.573 OPS.
Athletics OF Josh Reddick ($3,800) is back in the lineup for manager Bob Melvin, and he will bat third and play right field against the Detroit Tigers. He hasn't played since Sunday, so he might have some rust to knock off. OF Seth Smith ($3,700), who has 11 hits in 22 at-bats (.500) with a homer and six RBI, remains as the designated hitter. Smith has six RBI over his past four outings. OF Chris B. Young ($3,900) is pushed back to the bench with Reddick's return.
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