Bob Feller made his first Major League start on this day in 1936 and immediately set the tone for his Hall of Fame career. Feller struck out 15 St. Louis Browns hitters, falling just short of the then-AL record of 16 strikeouts in a game. Perhaps the most impressive stat from Feller's first start was his age -- Rapid Robert was just 17 years old.
Here are some items from Feller's former team in Cleveland and elsewhere in the AL Central...
- The Indians' roster construction is to blame for the team's recent woes, not manager Manny Acta, opines Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Indians CEO Paul Dolan said today that Acta's job is safe for 2013, as well as the jobs of GM Chris Antonetti and team president Mark Shapiro.
- Brett Myers' $10MM contract option for 2013 will vest if he finishes 45 games this season, but White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper tells MLB.com's Scott Merkin that the team will use Myers in any manner necessary as the club battles for the AL Central title. Myers currently has 36 games finished, seven since joining the White Sox on July 21. Addison Reed will finish the majority of games down the stretch as the Sox closer, but Myers figures to be the backup closing option should Reed get injured or become ineffective.
- Royals officials tell Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that Wil Myers might not be called up this season so the Royals can avoid having to protect him (and leave someone else unprotected) in the Rule 5 draft. Two team officials also think Myers may yet not quite be ready for Major League pitching, despite his .927 OPS in 388 Triple-A plate appearances this season.
- With Myers in Triple-A, Jeff Francoeur is still the incumbent right fielder. Dutton reports that the Royals would like to deal Francoeur but aren't willing to do so in a salary dump or for a negligible return.