April 28, 1948
To date, no team in the American League can find a way to defeat the Cleveland Indians. Mother Nature can’t beat the Tribe, but she’s stopped them from continuing their winning ways for the second straight day.
The Indians were rained out this afternoon in Chicago and now will board a train for St. Louis for a two-game series with the Browns. The second consecutive washout in Chicago changes the Tribe’s rotation for yet the second straight day. Bob Lemon (1-0), who was slated to pitch the last two days, will get the ball tomorrow in St. Louis against right-hander Cliff Fannin (1-0). Bob Feller (2-0) will pitch on Friday against the Browns. Feller already defeated the Browns once this season in the home opener.
While the rain washed out Lemon and Feller’s chances to pitch in Chicago, it has given them some extra rest and a chance to take two games from the down-trodden Browns. Lemon will pitch on five days rest and Feller, who pitched an inning of relief on Monday, will have five days since his last start. If Cleveland can take both games from the lowly Browns, the Indians will return home undefeated from their first road trip.
Indians manager Lou Boudreau announced Bob Muncrief (1-0) will start on Saturday at home against the Detroit Tigers. Muncrief pitched four and one-third innings in relief of Al Gettel. Gettel struggled and pitched only two innings in his first start. Boudreau has not ruled out bringing Lemon back on two days rest and pitching him again on Sunday against the Tigers if he has an easy start in St. Louis
The rain might have given Lemon and Feller some extra rest, but it will also give Gene Bearden more time before making his first start. It appears Boudreau does not trust Bearden against the formidable Tigers like he did the St. Louis Browns. Originally, Bearden was slated to pitch one of the games against St. Louis, but it now appears he will not get a chance to start until some point next week on the Tribe’s first East Coast trip.
The second straight rain out will give Larry Doby the chance to rest one more day after suffering a strain in a leg muscle on Monday against the White Sox. Doby is expected to play tomorrow in St. Louis.