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has shown enough stuff to take him
through nine innings against a first
class ball team. Cheney is still trou
bled by wildness, and is also disposed
to weaken somewhat toward the end
of the battle. -
A week still remains before the
opening of the season. In that time
Cheney and Vaughn will each get
some daily work and each will also be
sent one more full game to prepare
for the season's opening. There is
little doubt that one of the star pair
will be selected to open the campaign.
Bresnahan will do the bulk of the
catching at the season's beginning, as
Archer is suffering from an injured
' i nere is nrtie qoudi as 10 ine men-
a,J tity of the pitcher who will first step
10 ine dox ior uie wime dux in uie
1915 American league season. Jim
Scott is the man and he will be as
right as he ever was in his life.
Throughout the spring trip Scott
has been pitching major league ball.
Not only has he been baffling the
batters through thejbush circuit, but
he has possessed enough of his usual
stuff to have deceived the best that
the American league boasts.
Scott has been pitching nine-inning
games for the last month and
at the finish of each he has been
stronger than in the one preceding.
He blanked Little Rock yesterday in
what may be his final breezeout be
fore he cracks open the season.
The third-base question, a big one
for Manager Rowland, is being
ii solved excellently by the work of
ij Jimmy Breton. Not because of the
v collegian s fielding, but on the score
of his batting, which, since he joined
the regulars, has been better than
thai of any other man in the troop.
Breton will face much better pitch
ing when he gets in the major league
belt, but the numerous bingles he has
been registering through the "sticks"
will give him confidence when he
faces the Walter Johnson and Dutch
When the Whales went south we
heard some fervid comments from
war correspondents about the work of
a young pitcher named Dave Beard,
who had the motion and everything
else of Mordeci Brown. Yesterday
Joe Tinker cut Mr. Beard off the pay
roll because he had little more than
the motion and aiaith in human na
ture. So much for the accuracy of news
about spring phenoms.
The Whales are due to arrive in
town tomorrow night, having a
couple more games to play with
teams of little strength, and from
whom they will get little practice.
The only real value of these combats
is to the pitchers. The batters are
not hard to deceive, but the boxmen
are aided in securing their control,
timing their curves, and putting the
necessary zip behind the fast one.
One of the biggest gains Tinker
has made is in the condition of Ad
Brennan, almost valueless last sea
son. Brennan has taken excellent
care of himself, and can pitch a full
nine-inning game right now, and do
it well. He will be capable of a game
every four days this season, and with
Hendrix, Johnson and Brown, will
give Tinker the most efficient pitch
ing staff in the Federal league.
George Chip battered Al McCoy in
ten rounds at New York. McCoy was
down for the count of "nine" twice in
the ninth round.
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TODAY'S ODDEST STORY
John Day, Ore., April 7. Juve
nile wrath grew hot when Principal
E. S. Stutz of the John Day grammar
school ruled that "mullein" is the cor
rect spelling. It came out at a recent
orthographical contest. Next day
the adherents of "mullen" waylaid
Stutz, bombarded him with eggs and
drove him back to his boarding house.
Parental apologies followed as many
spankings and Prof. Stutz has agreed
to referee .another spelling bee.
The wealth of this nation per cap.
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