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enough to play beside Farrell. Smith
has the speed, but he is not reliable.
And until Tinker finds a shortstop he
will continue to have trouble. Joe
himself is in no condition to play.
He tried it yesterday aird was forced
to quit after two innings.
It is barely possible that Smith will
come back after a bit of benching
and go along as he should. That
seems to be the best chance the
The first five teams in the Federal
league are so closely bunched that
Tinker's men still have an excellent
chance to forge to the front by a few
days of good work. But they are los
ing games now that should go to bol
ster them up in the percentage table.
Today the Cubs, under the leader
ship of Jimmy Archer, play the Grand
Rapids team of the Central league in
the Michigan city. The team went
by boat last night Standridge and
Adams will do the hurling, with Har
grave behind the bat All of the reg
ular grapeviners were out on the
West Side today throwing fog balls
in preparation for the New York
Giant series, which starts tomorrow.
Bresnahan will send his regular
alignment into this Giant game, as
there are no injuries of moment
among the athletes. Wilbur Good
and his lame shoulder are the only
candidates for hospital treatment,
and Wilbur uses his legs for speed.
Back to the outfield goes Bobby
Roth, who has been doing a bit of
third basing for the White Sox. If
Bill Carrigan sends a southpaw to
face the Sox in Boston today Roth
will be in center field. In the event
a right-hander mounts the peak
Tommy Quinlan will hold down
Happy Felsch's job. This system will
be followed only until Felsch is ready
to get back in harness, which will be
when the team gets into New York,
after four games in Boston.
Breton will remain at third. The
wisdom of this move remains to be
proven. Breton is far ahead of Roth
gs a fielder, but Bobby was improving
at the time he was forced to the
bench and his hitting was of great as
sistance in scoring runs.
Many reasons have been advanced
for the lowly position the Boston
Braves now occupy in the National
league pennant race. Chief among
them has been the absence of John
ny Evers and his pepper box from
But a slant at the recent pitching
of Bill James and George Tyler
might also explain some of this slump
over the gait the Braves were travel
ing through the fag end of 1914. It
was on this pair and Dick Rudolph
that Stallings relied for most of his
pitching last season. They stood op
posing batters on their heads while
their mates went in and batted out a
few runs with which to win. A very
few were needed.
But this year James has pitched
only one gooA game. He has been
slammed unmercifully. The same is
true of Tyler, and even Rudolph h.as
not been as good as he was in 1914.
Possibly they may rcsch effective
ness later, but now they are no better
than any other three pitchers. Even
the Giants batted both James and
Tyler from the box yesterday, Bill
lasting only two rounds. Burns, Lo
bert and Merkle cracked three hits
each. The Giant total was 16.
Schneider's good pitching and Killi
fer's double and triple defeated the
Appleton outpitched Mayer, but
Dodger errors gave Phillies a game.
Pittsburgh Feds went back to first
place when Knetzer shaded Packard
in a pitching duel.
Seaton and Upham pitched too well
for Buffalo ih a double-header and
Tip Tops copped two. fourteen bases
were stolen in the two games.
Danish-American A. C. and Eiche
Turneis tied for first place with 32
points each in the outdoor track and
field meet of the International Gym
nastic union, feature of the fourth
day of the athletic carnical of the
Sportsmen's .Club of America at