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Mets' Todd Frazier getting a breather Friday night

New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier is not in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Frazier is getting the night off with Adeinty Hechavarria starting at the hot corner on Friday.

Frazier is batting .244 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 276 plate appearances this season.

Mets' Dominic Smith will bat sixth on Friday

New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith is in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Smith will bat sixth and man left field for the Mets with J.D. Davis headed to the bench.

Our models project Smith for 10.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

J.D. Davis sitting out Friday night for New York

New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis is not in the lineup Friday.

What It Means:

Davis takes a seat on the bench with Dominic Smith starting in left field Friday.

Davis is batting .281 with 9 homers in 238 plate appearances this season.

Wilson Ramos is in the Mets' Friday lineup

New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Ramos takes over behind the plate with Tomas Nido sitting out.

Our models project Ramos for 9.3 FanDuel points Friday.

Tomas Nido heading to the Mets' bench Friday night

New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido is not in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Nido heads to the bench with Wilson Ramos catching on Friday.

Nido is batting .242 with 3 homers in 95 plate appearances this season.

Michael Conforto batting second Friday for New York

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is batting second Friday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Conforto will start in center with Juan Lagares headed to the bench.

Our models project Conforto for 12.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Juan Lagares not starting Friday for New York

New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares is not in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Lagares heads to the bench with Michael Conforto taking over in centerfield Friday.

Lagares is batting .178 through 162 plate appearances this season.

Adeiny Hechavarria starting at third base for New York Friday

New York Mets infielder Adeiny Hechavarria is starting at third base Friday.

What It Means:

Hechavarria will also bat eighth as he replaces Todd Frazier at the hot corner Friday.

Our models project Hechavarria for 9.0 FanDuel points on Friday.

Kevan Smith catching for the Angels on Friday

Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith is batting eighth in Friday's lineup against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Smith will start behind the plate against the Mariners with Dustin Garneau receiving a breather.

Smith's FanDuel price tonight is $2,200. The Angels' catcher is averaging 8.5 FanDuel points this season.

Dustin Garneau out of the Angels' Friday lineup

Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau is not starting in Friday's matchup against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Garneau will rest on Friday with Kevan Smith starting behind the plate against Seattle.

In 50 at-bats this season, Garneau is hitting .260 with one home run and six RBI.

Matt Thaiss starting at first base for the Angels on Friday

Los Angeles Angels infielder Matt Thaiss is batting ninth in Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Thaiss will be in tonight's lineup against the Mariners with Albert Pujols heading to the bench.

Thaiss' FanDuel price against the Mariners is $2,300. The Angels' infielder is averaging 7.2 FanDuel points this season.

Albert Pujols heading to the Angels' bench on Friday

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is not starting in Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Pujols will receive the night off against Seattle with Matt Thaiss starting at first base.

In 280 at-bats this season, Pujols is hitting .243 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.

Angels' Justin Upton receives Friday off

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton is not starting in Friday's lineup against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Upton will head to the bench with Brian Goodwin moving to left field, Mike Trout shifting to center, and Shohei Ohtani handling designated hitting duties.

In 76 at-bats this season, Upton is hitting .263 with four home runs and nine RBI.

Shohei Ohtani batting third for the Angels on Friday

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is starting in Friday's lineup against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Ohtani will start in tonight's matchup with Mike Trout shifting to center field, Brian Goodwin moving to left, and Justin Upton resting.

Our models project Ohtani for 14.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,800.

Matt Harvey designated for assignement by the Angels

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Harvey has been designated for assignment on Friday.

What It Means:

A tough blow for Harvey as he was hoping to revive his career by moving to Los Angeles. The Angels now have seven days to either waive or trade Harvey or send him to minors, if Harvey accepts the assignment. Jaime Barria was recalled from the minors in a corresponding move.

Harvey owns an embarrassing 7.09 ERA and 1.54 WHIP with 39 strikeouts and 29 walks in 59 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Marquise Brown (foot) placed on Non-Football Injury list by the Ravens

Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot) has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

What It Means:

Brown underwent surgery on his foot (Lisfranc) in February and is not ready to participate in training camp yet. The team is optimistic he will be ready to go in a few weeks, but the first-round pick's availability for preseason games is up in the air.

Our models project Brown for 45.1 catches, 625.0 yards, and 3.7 touchdowns on 76.0 targets in his rookie season.

Eagles re-sign running back Darren Sproles on Friday

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed running back Darren Sproles to a one-year contract on Friday.

What It Means:

Sproles will join a crowded Eagles' backfield that already includes Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Corey Clement. Expect the veteran to play on some passing downs and possibly return punts or kicks.

In six games last season, Sproles produced 280 scrimmage yards and 3 touchdowns on 44 combined touches.

Mike Montgomery on a limited pitch count Friday for Kansas City

Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Montgomery will throw between 40-45 pitches in his start on Friday.

What It Means:

Montgomery is making his first Royals appearances after being traded from the Chicago Cubs earlier in the week. The pitcher was serving in a relief role for the Cubs and is not stretched out yet. Brian Flynn or Jorge Lopez is expected to piggyback off Montgomery Friday night.

Our models project Montgomery for 10.1 FanDuel points in 3 innings of work on Friday.

Stephen Vogt hitting in the cleanup spot for the Giants on Friday

San Francisco Giants catcher Stephen Vogt is starting in Friday's matchup against the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Vogt will start behind the plate with Buster Posey resting against the Mets.

Our models project Vogt for 7.9 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,800.

Matt Chapman (ankle) remains out of the A's lineup Friday

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (ankle) is not in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Chapman is missing his second consecutive game with an ankle injury but is expected to return to action on Saturday. Chad Pinder is at third base again Friday night.

Chapman is batting .279 with 22 homers and 59 RBI in 405 plate appearances this season.

Kris Negron starting on Friday for Mariners

Seattle Mariners infielder/outfielder Kris Negron is in the lineup on Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Negron is getting the nod in left field while batting eighth in the order against Angels starter Jaime Barria.

Our models project Negron for 7.1 FanDuel points across 3.85 plate appearances.

Austin Slater returns to San Francisco's lineup on Friday

San Francisco Giants utility-man Austin Slater is batting second in Friday's game against the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Slater will be in right field against the Mets with Alex Dickerson sitting out and Mike Yastrzemski moving to left.

Our models project Slater for 10.1 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,900.

San Francisco's Alex Dickerson sitting on Friday

San Francisco Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson is not starting in Friday's matchup against the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Dickerson will head to the bench with Mike Yastrzemski shifting to left field and Austin Slater starting in right.

In 87 at-bats this season, Dickerson is hitting .356 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI.

Max Scherzer (back) ruled out for this weekend by Washington

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (back) will not start Sunday against the Atlanta Braves but is optimistic he can return shortly after that.

What It Means:

Scherzer is currently on the IL with a back injury and was hopeful he could return this weekend. He has been throwing off flat ground this week and is expected to toss a bullpen session this weekend. Scherzer could return to the rotation by late next week. No word on who will take the mound on Sunday for Washington.

Scherzer has posted a 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 35.1% strikeout percentage this season.

Daniel Vogelbach in Mariners' Friday lineup

Seattle Mariners infielder Dan Vogelbach is starting on Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Vogelbach is getting the nod at first base while batting fourth in the order against Angels starter Jaime Barria.

Our models project Vogelbach for 11.8 FanDuel points across 4.29 plate appearances.

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