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New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians: Jordan Montgomery vs. Ryan Merritt

Let's play two!

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Game one of the doubleheader didn't go according to plan. The Yankees dropped the first matchup to the Indians by a score of 2 - 1. The good news is that we don't have to wait long to cleanse the palate. The Bombers get another chance at a victory in half an hour.

Jordan Montgomery takes the mound for the Yankees in the spot start. The rookie southpaw has been rock solid this year, pitching to a 4.00 ERA with a 4.09 FIP. That actually undersells how valuable he was in the first half. Montgomery proved he's more than capable of hanging in a big league rotation. It should only be a matter of time before he returns to the club for good. A quality outing this evening would be a nice preview of things to come. That said, he's on an innings limit, so expect this to be another bullpen-heavy game.

As for the Indians, Ryan Merritt gets the ball. It will be his fourth start of 2017. The left-hander owns 1.76 ERA with a 2.74 FIP over 15.1 innings. You may recall Merritt from his 2016 ALCS fame. He's a finesse southpaw with top-notch control. Let's just hope the Yankees' lineup fares better against him than they did Trevor Bauer.

You can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally.

Today's Lineups

Francisco Lindor - SS Brett Gardner - LF
Austin Jackson - CF Starlin Castro - 2B
Jose Ramirez - 2B Gary Sanchez - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Aaron Judge - RF
Carlos Santana - RF Didi Gregorius - SS
Yandy Diaz - DH Aaron Hicks - CF
Brandon Guyer - LF Greg Bird - 1B
Yan Gomes - C Ronald Torreyes - 3B
Erik Gonzalez - 3B Austin Romine - C
Ryan Merritt - LHP Jordan Montgomery - LHP