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Boston's Tzu-Wei Lin on second base in front end of Tuesday's doubleheader

Boston Red Sox infielder Tzu-Wei Lin is starting in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus left-hander Matthew Boyd and the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Lin is on second base and batting eighth following Monday's rainout. Michael Chavis is on the hot corner while Rafael Devers is on the bench.

numberFire's models project Lin for 8.8 FanDuel points in Game 1. He's priced at $2,000.

Mitch Moreland out of Red Sox's lineup for first half of Tuesday's two-pack

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland is out of the starting lineup in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Moreland is being replaced at first base by Steve Pearce. He's hit a homer in two of the past three games, giving him 7 total on the year.

numberFire's models project Moreland for 9 homers and 47 RBI over the rest of the season.

Steve Pearce starting for Boston versus Detroit in Game 1

Boston Red Sox utility player Steve Pearce is starting in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Pearce is replacing Mitch Moreland at first base and batting fifth versus Tigers southpaw Matthew Boyd. J.D. Martinez is in right field and batting third while Xander Bogaerts is in the cleanup spot.

numberFire's models expect Pearce to produce 9.9 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $2,100.

Rafael Devers on Boston's bench versus Tigers in Game 1 Tuesday

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is not starting in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader versus left-hander Matthew Boyd and the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Devers was also going to sit Monday before it was rained out. Michael Chavis is moving to the hot corner while Tzu-Wei Lin starts at second base.

numberFire's models project Devers to bat .272 with 22 home runs, 65 RBI, 53 runs scored, and 4 steals over the rest of the year.

Jackie Bradley sitting for Red Sox in front end of Tuesday's doubleheader

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley is not starting in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Bradley is sitting versus Tigers southpaw Matthew Boyd. Mookie Betts is covering center field while J.D. Martinez is in right and Christian Vazquez is playing designated hitter. Sandy Leon is set to catch southpaw Chris Sale.

numberFire's models project Bradley to bat .260 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 12 steals over the rest of the year.

Royals' Hunter Dozier leaves Monday's game with back spasms

Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier left Monday's game early with back spasms.

What It Means:

Dozier was starting at DH due to back stiffness and it appears the injury flared up during the game. Despite the ailment, Dozier went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo homer on Monday.

Dozier went into Monday's game slashing .304/.410/.623 with 6 homers and 11 RBI in 83 plate appearances this season.

Mets-Phillies game on Monday expected to start at 8:45 pm ET

Monday's game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies is expected to start at 8:45 pm ET.

What It Means:

The game was initially slated to start at 7:10 pm but rain delayed the start on Monday. Steven Matz and Jake Arrieta will be taking the mound for the Mets and Phillies respectively.

Our models give the Mets a 59.6% chance of pulling out the W on Monday.

Jean Segura (hamstring) is expected to return from the IL on Saturday for the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jean Segura (hamstring) is expected to return from the injured list on Saturday.

What It Means:

Segura hurt his hammy last week but is prepared to make just a minimum stay on the IL. With Scott Kingery out with an injury as well, Segura will be a welcome sight for a short-handed Phillies infield.

Segura has batted .328 with 1 homer, 10 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 73 plate appearances this season.

Source: Matt Gelb

Rockies' Daniel Murphy (finger) could return from the IL on Tuesday

Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy (finger) could return from the injured list on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Murphy completed his third rehab game on Monday afternoon and could make his way back to Colorado later tonight. If he does return, Garrett Hampson is likley to see reduced playing time with Ryan McMahon getting the bulk of the starts at second with Murphy at first base.

Murphy saw just 10 plate appearances before breaking his finger, collecting just 1 hit and 1 run this season.

Source: Nick Groke

Chad Bettis expected to start on Tuesday for the Rockies

Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is expected to make a spot start on Tuesday versus the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

With Kyle Freeland hitting the IL with a blister, the Rockies needed someone to fill in against the Nats and Bettis is expected to get that nod, as long as he is not needed out of the bullpen on Monday.

Bettis has made 4 appearances this season (3 starts) posting an 8.79 ERA and 2.09 WHIP with 10 strikeouts and 8 walks in 14 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Jonathan Loaisiga will make a spot start Tuesday for the Yankees

New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga will start on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Loaisiga gets the nod as Domingo German and C.C. Sabathia get pushed back a day to give them extra rest. Loaisiga last started on April 9, going just 3 innings versus the Houston Astros.

Loaisiga has posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 9 strikeouts and 5 walks in 7 innings pitched this season.

Kyle Freeland (blister) lands on Rockies' injured list

Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland (blister) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday, retroactive to April 19.

What It Means:

Freeland is expected to miss the minimum amount of time as he deals with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. Tyler Anderson was activated from the IL in a corresponding move.

Freeland has posted a 4.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Rockies' Tyler Anderson (knee) activated off the IL, will start on Monday

Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson (knee) was activated off the 10-day injured list on Monday and will start against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Anderson sat out the last couple of weeks with left knee inflammation but is good to go on Monday.

Our models project Anderson for 4.6 strikeouts and 4.0 runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings pitched for 21.0 FanDuel points on Monday.

Blake Snell (toe) scheduled to toss a bullpen session on Tuesday for Tampa

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell (toe) is scheduled to toss another bullpen session on Tuesday after making it through on Monday with no issues.

What It Means:

Snell is on track to return from his broken tow fairly quickly, but will not pitch in the series against the Kansas City ROyals that starts on Monday. He is targeting a return this weekend versus the Boston Red Sox.

Snell has been lights out this season, posting a 2.16 ERA and 0.76 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched this season.

Boston's Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) will need surgery, out 4-to-6 weeks

Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) will need surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He will miss the next four-to-six weeks.

What It Means:

Eovaldi had a similar procedure last season and missed two months as a result. While the Red Sox have a more aggressive timeline, Eovaldi is not likely to return to action before June.

Eovaldi has posted a 6.00 ERA and 1.52 WHIP while striking out 16 in 21 innings pitched so far this season.

Jacob deGrom (elbow) on track to start Friday for Mets

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (elbow) is on track to start Friday when first eligible, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday.

What It Means:

"MRI was good, clean, no problems whatsoever," Van Wagenen said. "Jacob threw a bullpen today, and is on track to make his start when he's able to come off (the injured list)." deGrom was placed on the IL last week following a couple of shaky outings.

The reigning NL Cy Young award winner owns a 3.68 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 36 strikeouts and 7 walks over 22 innings (four starts) this season.

Mets' Jeff McNeil batting second on Monday

New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil is starting at second base and batting second on Monday.

What It Means:

With Robinson Cano out with a sore wrist, McNeil shifts over from third base to fill in. He also gets a nice ump in the lineup after hitting sixth on Sunday.

Our models project McNeil for 8.4 FanDuel points versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Robinson Cano (wrist) not in the Mets' Monday lineup

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (wrist) is not in the lineup on Monday.

What It Means:

Cano was hit by a pitch on the wrist on Sunday but x-rays came back negative. He is still getting a day off to rest with Jeff McNeil taking over at second base on Monday.

Cano has batted .235 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in 91 plate appearances this season.

Yankees' Kyle Higashioka starting Monday night

New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka is starting in Monday's series opener versus right-hander Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Higashioka is replacing Austin Romine behind the dish and batting eighth. J.A. Happ is on the hill for the Yankees.

numberFire's models project Higashioka for 7.7 FanDuel points on Monday. He's priced at $2,000.

Todd Frazier (oblique) making his 2019 debut for the Mets on Monday

New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (oblique) was been activated from the injured list and is starting at third base on Monday.

What It Means:

Frazier has been out all year since straining an oblique muscle in Spring Training. He will bat sixth as Jeff McNeil moves over to second base and Robinson Cano gets the night off on Monday.

Our models project Frazier for 8.5 FanDuel points on Monday.

Brett Gardner leading off for Yankees in Monday's opener

New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is leading off in Monday's series opener versus right-hander Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Gardner went 3-for-5 and scored while hitting third in Sunday's victory over the Kansas City Royals.

numberFire's models project Gardner for 12.3 FanDuel points on Monday. He's priced at $3,800.

DJ LeMahieu on Yankees' bench Monday

New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is out of Monday's lineup versus the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Tyler Wade is shifting to second base while Gleyber Torres starts at shortstop. LeMahieu owns a .306 batting average through 82 plate appearances.

numberFire's models project DLM to bat .270 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 70 runs scored, and 7 steals over the rest of the year.

Gleyber Torres starting for Yankees versus Angels

New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres is starting in Monday's series opener versus right-hander Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Torres is back at shortstop and batting third after being held out of Sunday's lineup. Tyler Wade is moving to second base while DJ LeMahieu is on the bench.

numberFire's models project Torres for 11.1 FanDuel points on Monday. He's priced at $3,300.

Luis Guillorme will be in the Mets' lineup Monday night

New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme is in the lineup Monday.

What It Means:

Guillorme is giving Amed Rosario a routine day off as he handles shortstop and bats seventh against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Our models project Guillorme for 7.9 FanDuel points on Monday.

Wilson Ramos back behind the plate Monday for New York

New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos will start on Monday versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Ramos will bat fifth and handle the catching duties on Monday, sending Travis d'Arnaud to the bench.

Our models project Ramos for 7.9 FanDuel points on Monday.

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