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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 17, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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son, Jack Ness, we understood, was
released to the Baltimore club of the
International league. But for some
reason Ness did not go to the Mary
landers' and is putting in his Satur
day and Sunday afternoons with a
.semi-pro team on the local lots.
Out on the Pacific coast Ness was
a fine fielder and a consistent hitter.
If possible, he should be drawn back
now and given a real chance to show
his worth. His only opportunity as
a Hose came as a pinch hitter in a
St Louis game, when his single won
a game. Shortly after that Jack was
allowed to depart. ,
That pinch hit is memorable as one
of the few the Sox have made this
season.
The yarn from the east that there
is dissension in the Sox ranks should
not be given too much credence.
Every time a team hits a doleful
slump these stories are spread, usu
ally by alien baseball writers who
are making wild guesses.
Ed Collins and Rowland get along
in entire harmony, according to
those who are informed of the inside
workings of the Sox club. Ed is not
laying down on the manager. He is
not that type of player, for he likes
the game, likes to win, no matter
who he is working for. He was win
ning player for Connie Mack, even
when he was not ih sympathy with
the elongated boss.
Fournier isn't hitting because he
-is worried over his fielding. Felsch
it belting the ball consistently, and
so is John Collins. Joe Jackson has
produced a mess of hits, but they
have not been great run purbeyors.
Buck Weaver's lame arm is not as
serious as Was at first believed and
he may be in condition to play with
in a few days.
Air other combinations Having
prove'n incompetent, Manager Tink
er of the, Cubs has, decided to give
the young men a chance in the cen
ter of the North Side diamond. Pur
suant to this idea, beginning with the
opening game against Brooklyn this
afternoon, Eddie Mulligan will play
short and Alex McCarthy will guard
the territory adjacent to second base.
This means that speed will Be in
jected into the defensive program of
the inner wall, although a slight de
crease in hitting is probable. How
ever, with a whanging outfield, two
clouting wing men on tb.e infield, and
a pair of catchers who are reliable
batters, Tinker can afford to sacrifice
a small portion of his team's strength
on attack to gain in repulsing the
invaders.
Yerkes has been in the midst of a
hitting slump, anyhow, so the pres
ence of McCarthy in his place will
not greatly lower the base hit total.
Mulligan has not done any great
amount of batting to date, but he
meets the ball squarely and in time
will get his clouts to safe territory.
All these youngsters need is a fair
start and they will take care of their
duties. McCarthy is young, but he
has lots of experience on big league
diamonds, having been the regular
keystone man for the Pirates a few
Seasons ago.
In recent games many. balls have
been hammered through the infield
by the 'enemy that would have been
put-outs had-the defense been a trifle
speedier. It is in order to cut off
these safeties that Tinker is making
the shift
Brooklyn starts a four-game se
ries today and the Cubs have a large
task ahead. Robinson has a fine
pitching staff and his team has been
scoring many runs. So far against
the eastern teams the Cubs have won
a single game and dropped four. Im
mediate awakening is needed or the
people from across the Alleghanies
will go back home with the west
humbled and playing dog-go.
Eddie Foster got triple and single
in first inning, when Washington
counted . 9 runs against Detroit
Washington plugged 15 safeties
from three Tiger pitchers. Ty Cobb
poled four singles and swiped a
base. . t

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