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Mercado to Make His MLB Debut, Indians and Sox Wrap Up Two-Game Set in Chicago

Shane Bieber was the victim of the long ball on Monday night, suffering his first pro loss on the road as the Indians dropped to 21-19 with a 5-2 setback to the White Sox.

The Tribe pitcher gave up no less than four solo homers in the setback, and while the Indians were off balance all night by Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, Bieber seemed to be his own worst enemy.

Bieber allowed five runs and seven hits in 6.1 innings. The right-hander was 9-0 with a 3.22 ERA in 15 appearances on the road coming into the day.

“I just need to be better with two outs,” he said.

Today is the finale of the short two-game set, and the Indians will have a new look to their lineup and outfield as the team today called up outfielder Oscar Mercado, who will make his Major League debut hitting fifth and playing left.

The team is also moving Jose Ramirez down in the lineup as well. Here’s the Indians starting nine as Carlos Carrasco will take the bump.

SS Francisco Lindor
2B Jason Kipnis
DH Carlos Santana
RF Jordan Luplow
3B Jose Ramirez
LF Oscar Mercado
1B Jake Bauers
C Roberto Perez
CF Leonys Martin

Here is the White Sox Lineup:

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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