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Boston Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida is starting in left field and hitting cleanup, as expected, in his major-league debut on Opening Day on Thursday against right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Alex Verdugo is leading off, Rafael Devers is in the two-hole and Justin Turner will hit third for Boston. The 29-year-old left-handed-hitting Yoshida will hit in the heart of the BoSox's order after spending a good chunk of his time this spring playing for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. In only five Grapefruit League games, he went 2-for-12 (.167) with a double and a run scored. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect a ton of power right away from the Japanese outfielder, but he should be useful for a respectable average and on-base percentage.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito hurled six no-hit innings versus the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The 28-year-old allowed three walks (two in the first frame), but worked around it for a superb outing as Chicago held on for an eventual 3-2 victory to get him his fifth win of the season. Giolito also tossed six no-hit frames back on April 18, standing alone as the only pitcher in White Sox history with multiple no-hit starts of at least six innings in a single year. The former All-Star is having a solid, yet unspectacular campaign overall, though, with a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 76:24 K:BB in 74 1/3 innings. Giolito's next scheduled start comes on Sunday against the beatable Miami Marlins.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger (knee) will need a rehab assignment before returning to the club, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports, but nothing is scheduled yet. The former MVP hasn't played since May 15 after suffering a left knee injury during a play in center. Bellinger was enjoying a solid bounce back after two awful seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, slashing .271/.337/.493 with seven homers, 29 runs, 20 RBI, and nine steals over 37 games. Fantasy managers would love to have the 27-year-old back right now, but he might not be back until the end of June.
Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (forearm) is playing catch every day and progressing well, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Manager David Ross told reporters on Tuesday that his target date to return is June 17. Steele landed on the injured list after suffering forearm tightness during his last start on May 5. Before the ailment, the 27-year-old was a Cy Young candidate, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 21.4% strikeout rate over 68 innings with a 6-2 record. Fantasy managers will want Steele back as soon as possible, so this is great news.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Hayden Wesneski and the Chicago Cubs. The eight-year veteran is still slugging in his first season in L.A., batting .252 with 11 bombs, 32 runs, 30 RBI, and no steals over 58 games. Mickey Moniak will get an opportunity in right field and bat eighth. The former first-overall pick in 2016 is on fire right now, slashing .327/.340/.694 with four homers, nine runs, seven RBI, and a pair of steals across 14 contests since making his season debut on May 31. Moniak isn't in a starting role but has value in just about every league as a streaming option.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's contest against Tyler Anderson and the Los Angeles Angels. The 23-year-old came on strong this year and is slashing .256/.318/.641 over 22 games, but hasn't recorded a hit since April 26 and is losing playing time. Instead, it will be catcher Miguel Amaya who takes his spot as the designated hitter, batting sixth. The rookie backstop is the Cubs top -14 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and he's hitting .316 with a .890 OPS across eight games since his promotion. Amaya can give fantasy managers some offensive production in deeper leagues after posting a career .246/.348/.390 slash line in the minors.
The Los Angeles Angels activated third baseman Anthony Rendon (groin) from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned infielder Livan Soto to Double-A Rocket City in a corresponding move. Rendon has been out since May 15 due to a left-groin strain, but he's now back with the Halos and should be back at third base on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Hayden Wesneski. The 33-year-old didn't go on a minor-league rehab assignment, so he could be a little slow to get going again offensively. Although he had just one home run in 103 at-bats before his injury, Rendon had been playing better so far in 2023, hitting .301 (31-for-103) with four doubles, 20 RBI and two stolen bases. Fantasy managers should get him back into their lineups.
The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Joc Pederson (hand) and infielder Thairo Estrada (wrist) from the injured list on Tuesday, and both players are starting against right-hander Dinelson Lamet and the Colorado Rockies. Pederson is serving as the designated hitter and batting third, while Estrada is at the keystone and hitting in the two-hole. In corresponding moves, infielder Brett Wisely and outfielder Bryce Johnson were optioned to the minors. Pederson is returning for the first time since landing on the IL on May 15, and he's likely to continue playing only against right-handers. The 31-year-old is hitting .235 with five homers and 18 RBI this year. Estrada, meanwhile, will return to his starting role at the keystone. The 27-year-old has been great with a .301 average, six home runs, 17 RBI, 30 runs and 13 stolen bases in 193 at-bats.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz (shoulder) has been activated from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has been sidelined since early April due to a right shoulder strain. He only pitched in three contests before going down, but is healthy now and available for Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres. Munoz should immediately resume his role as a high-leverage option out of the bullpen. His return should take some of the pressure off Paul Sewald. Munoz will probably see save chances, but probably won't be the primary closer in Seattle.
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Owen Miller is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. This appears to be a routine rest day for Miller, which will likely be happening more frequently now. The Brewers have Luis Urias back in the fold and Willy Adames returning soon. That means, Miller is likely going to see his playing time decrease. He's slashing .317/.355/.469 with four homers, 17 RBI this season, so he's done enough to earn himself a spot on the roster. It'll be interesting to see how the Brewers decide to shake out their infield once everyone is healthy. Urias will cover second base, while Abraham Toro draws the start at third base versus righty Kyle Gibson on Tuesday.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (ribs) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. This doesn't come as a huge shock after Buxton missed the last three games due to a left rib contusion. The organization tried to avoid using the injured list, but ultimately Buxton needs time to rest and recover. In a corresponding move, outfielder Trevor Larnach has been activated from the injured list. He'll cover left field and bat fifth versus right-hander Zach Eflin on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should expect Larnach to be more involved with Buxton sidelined.
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