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Clevinger, Merritt to start Minnesota doubleheader

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CLEVELAND -- Before the Indians' game against the Dodgers on Tuesday at Progressive Field, Cleveland manager Terry Francona announced that right-hander Mike Clevinger and left-hander Ryan Merritt will both be recalled from the Minors to start the two games in the team's doubleheader in Minnesota on Saturday.

"We have it set up where Clev and Merritt would start that [set of] doubleheader games," Francona said. "I think because of days off and those guys pitching on the same day, Merritt went and pitched in [Class A] Lake County, then went back [to Triple-A Columbus]. They're all set to do that."

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CLEVELAND -- Before the Indians' game against the Dodgers on Tuesday at Progressive Field, Cleveland manager Terry Francona announced that right-hander Mike Clevinger and left-hander Ryan Merritt will both be recalled from the Minors to start the two games in the team's doubleheader in Minnesota on Saturday.

"We have it set up where Clev and Merritt would start that [set of] doubleheader games," Francona said. "I think because of days off and those guys pitching on the same day, Merritt went and pitched in [Class A] Lake County, then went back [to Triple-A Columbus]. They're all set to do that."

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Francona did not specify which game each pitcher will start. Although the Indians have had three off days since June 5 -- which has allowed them to have a four-man rotation -- the team is gearing up for 22 games in 20 days beginning Tuesday, and it will need to return to a five-man rotation.

With right-handed starter Danny Salazar still working through a shoulder injury, Clevinger will be recalled to the Majors for the second time this season and will start in place of Salazar. Merritt will be the 26th roster spot that is allowed during the doubleheader.

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Francona also said that outfielder Abraham Almonte -- who is on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps tendon -- will play seven innings in center field at Columbus on Tuesday night.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians on Tuesday.

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