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Lyles to start Game 2 of Monday's twin bill

Lyles to start Game 2 of Monday's twin bill

Lyles to start Game 2 of Monday's twin bill
LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Lyles will start for the Astros in the second game of Monday's scheduled doubleheader at Coors Field, manager Brad Mills announced after Sunday's game in Los Angeles.

The move comes as no surprise, as Lyles started Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and was removed after just two innings.

It will be the fourth start of the season for the 21-year-old right-hander. He's 0-1 with a 5.29 ERA. In his most recent start, Lyles allowed six earned runs in five innings against Texas.

Earlier on Sunday, Mills confirmed that lefty ace Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.14 ERA) would get the ball in Game 1 of the twin bill against the Rockies' Juan Nicasio. Lyles will face Alex White in the nightcap.

A new rule this season allows for a 26-man roster on doubleheaders scheduled more than one day in advance. That means Lyles' callup will be only temporary.

"I'd like to have the 26-man rule all the time," Mills kidded. "But yeah, it's real good, definitely for a doubleheader like this."

Still, it might not be long before Lyles is back again. The club will eventually have to make a decision on a starter for their game next Sunday against Cincinnati, which would fall on Lyles' turn in the rotation.

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