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Martin Maldonado moving to sidelines Thursday for Houston

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series opener against right-hander Kyle Bradish and the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Christian Vazquez will replace Maldonado behind the plate and bat seventh.

Vazquez has a $2,000 salary on Thursday and numberFire’s models project him for 8.7 FanDuel points. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Astros’ implied total (4.00) is No. 11 in the majors today.