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and Boston and Brooklyn, have not j
improved greatly. An even split does
not look like an impossibility and is
about all that can be asked with Zim
merman out of the game. Heinie
will be back shortly, however, and
he is needed, notwithstanding Elvers'
declaration that tbe team is just as
strong without him.
The White Sox had a terrible time
reaching "home" in two games
against Cleveland yesterday, but
managed to accomplish the feat to
day in a Pullman car. The sw-g
among the three Western cities of
the American League resulted in four
wins, the same number of defeats,
and one tie, for the Hose. The record
wasn't so bad, but could have been
improved with decent fielding and
batting in one or two games that
went the wrong way.
As far as pitching is concerned,
the regular men are beginning to
show the effects of too much labor.
Russell and Scott have been the most
dependable heavers in Manager. Cal
lahan's stable and the boss has kept
them busy. Russell pitched the sec
ond game of the Fourth of July double-header
in St. Louis and won it.
He was sent against the Naps yester
day with only a day of rest and what
the swatsmen under Birmingham did
to him was a plenty. Six hits in four
innings, as many blows as Reb usu
ally yields in a full game, finished
him for the afternoon and Benz was
the next victim slaughtered. Russell
might have been able to pitch with
only one day's rest if he had not been
tired from frequent appearances on
the mound in the last two weeks.
As rescuer and starter, he has taken
part in at least a third of the games
in that time. It is too much to ask
of the youngster.
In, the two games against against
Cleveland the Sox made eight hits,
seven of them coming in the first
battle off Cy Falkenberg. Cy didn't
have to worry, however, as the men
behind Eddie Cicotte were kicking
the ball around the field and making
a mess of trouble for their chief gun
ner. Cleveland scored six runs on its
Some fine examples of how not to
hit were given by the Cals in the
second, Willie Mitchell and his left
fin holding them to a measly bingle
by Weaver, who clouted a short one
to left in the sixth inning. In the
ninth with one out Mitchell filled the
bases with passes, but the next two
batters were as helpless as a girl try
ing to get a seat on a street car at
5:30 p.m. Some helplessness.
Kid Smith of Birmingham had an
other two-inning workout and gave
the Naps only one hit in two frames.
Maybe they .were tired and didn't
want to run, but tbis is the second
time in a week that the kid has
pulled such a performance. Finishing
lost games doesn't get you a whole
lot of honor in the percentages, but
it's fine experience and the big guns
all say you ought to be willing to
work for nothing to get experience.
The Smith party may even be allow
ed to pitch three innings some day.
Frank Chance, who can play base
ball and spin the platter, but not "for
feits," will be a visitor Wednesday,
heading his Yanks into town for a
tilt with the Sox. They will be fol
lov,jed by Boston, Washington and
the Athletics, though the Mackmen
are not usually in the following busi
ness. Rollie Zeider may be in the first
game against his old pals, as his in
jured bunions have been carefully
nursed. Borton will be on first base.
The Pirates won more games yes
terday than they have for a week,
taking a double-header from Cincin
nati through hard hitting and the
good pitching of Hendrix and Adams.
Twenty-two hits wer registered by
Pittsburgh, Dots Miller getting a pair
of triples and a. single in the first
game and a single in the second.
Wilson, Byrne and Butler each got
three in the two engagements. Dodge
of the Reds smacked a homer in the
Bert Shorten, Brown center fielder,