Bearden to Open Versus Boston
Bob Toth | On 02, Jan 2014
July 29, 1948
The series is a great opportunity for the Indians to make up ground in the American League against the Red Sox, who have been the hottest team in baseball.
Boston has taken each of the last seven matchups between the two ball clubs after Cleveland took six of the first seven games of the season against them.
Bearden (8-3, 2.60 ERA), who has not started since defeating the Washington Senators on July 18th, will make his third start of the season against Boston this season on Friday night. He made one appearance in Boston and one in Cleveland and threw shutouts in both efforts. He has appeared three times in relief since his last start.
Bob Feller (10-12, 4.19) will take the mound in the Saturday afternoon start. He earned his first win since July 7th despite not having his best stuff. In two different innings he worked into bases loaded situations and both times surrendered runs, including a fifth inning grand slam that nearly cost him a decision in the contest.
Sam Zoldak (5-7, 4.07) will appear in the doubleheader on Sunday. He started in Boston last weekend and allowed just three hits and pitched into the seventh inning. He is 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA with the Indians since being acquired from the St. Louis Browns.
Bob Lemon (13-9, 2.82) will start in the other game of the doubleheader. He pitched well enough to win his last time out, but a late two-run error by Larry Doby in the ball game cost him a potential victory over the Philadelphia Athletics, knocking the Indians out of second place by percentage points.
Former Indians pitcher Joe Dobson (13-6, 2.99) will likely start one of the games in the series. He has not appeared since throwing a complete game six-hit shutout against the Indians at Fenway Park last Sunday. It was his third consecutive win
The Red Sox come to town having won 14 of their last 15 games, including a stretch of 13 straight wins to catapult into the top spot in the American League pennant race.