Straw is out of the lineup for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Twins. Straw will take a seat for the first time since June 16, ending a stretch of 11 consecutive starts. Richie Palacios will enter the Cleveland outfield in the nightcap as a replacement for Straw, who went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the Guardians' 3-2 win in Game 1.
Straw will start in center field and bat ninth in Thursday's game against the Twins, Andre Knott of Bally Sports Ohio reports. Straw's inclusion at the bottom of the order confirms that he's lost hold of the leadoff gig against both left- and right-handed pitching. After ceding leadoff duties to the lefty-hitting Steven Kwan both of the past two days when the Guardians opposed right-handed starters (Joe Ryan and Sonny Gray), Straw will give way to the righty-hitting Owen Miller atop the lineup Thursday against Twins southpaw Devin Smeltzer. The move down in the lineup comes while Straw has produced a lowly .143/.211/.171 slash line to go with two extra-base hits (both doubles), two stolen bases, eight runs and one RBI over his first 19 games of June.
Straw is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies. The slumping Straw will sit for the second time in five games while Steven Kwan shifts over to center field and Richie Palacios enters the lineup in left. Through 13 games in June, Straw has slashed .146/.196/.146 with two stolen bases, six runs and one RBI.
Straw is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the A's. Straw went 3-for-28 (.107) over his last seven games, so he will get a day off to clear his head. Steven Kwan will start in center field in Straw's place.
Straw went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases in a 6-3 win over the Rangers during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He also made a contribution in the nightcap, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Straw handled his usual leadoff duties in both games, and while his 37 runs plus 11 steals in 12 attempts on the season have value, his .228/.330/.286 slash line, zero homers and seven RBI make him tough to roster in shallower formats.
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