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fly balls. Several hits have been re
corded which under ordinary condi
tions would have been certain outs.
Browns and Sox have had about an
even break in the luck on this score.
Given decent weather conditions
and the present trio of Sox outfield
ers will make it difficult for the ene
A my to drive the ball safely in subur
ban territory, if it rises high in the
air. Jackson appears to be covering
more ground than ever before in his
Ijfe, and Liebold,'who"has beea. trou
bled in right field more thanthe oth
er two by the high wind, is able to
travel great distances after' aerials.
But Happy Felsch in center field is
the boy to Watch. This chunky per
son received comparatively little
press-agenting last season because
of the every-day manner in which he
went about his work. His daily rec
ord of consistency, however, has fo
cused attention on him and he is
generally regarded as one ' of the
most competent fly Catchers in the
Johnson circuit, not even excepting
Hap has added 'some fight and vo
cal ginger to his make-up. When the
Hose are in the field his voice can
be plainly heard from deep center,
demanding that his pals in the first
line keep their heads up and in the
game. Such a spirit is a fine thing
for a ball team and helps keep the
boys on their toes.
Managar Mitchell of- the Cubs
seems in the humor to give Dutch
Ruether a thorough trial at first-base.
, The revamped left-handed pitcher is
fighting hard for the berth. To spur
hjm on he has the knowledge that
Mitchell is stocked up with capable
pitchers, but has no one else capable
A of playing the initial sack, in anything
resembling big league style.
All he needs is a few hits. That
will give him confidence vin himself
and also insure his retentibn on the
job while he learns the finer points
of the defensive side. At present he
"" is a bit weak on ground balls be
cause the angle at which they come
is new to him. Fortunately, he te
playing with three infielding mates
who are mose accurate in their
throwing than the usual mn of in
fielders. This makes his work less
difficult and does not force him to
shift so much take weird heaves.
He needs tutoring in how to pro
tect himself from Injury. This is the
one thing that casual first basemen
have the greatest difficulty with A
few seasons back in Cleveland they
tried to use Joe Jackson at first Joe
could catch throws and stop ground
ers, but he couldn't protect himself
from baserunners tearing into the
bag and as a result was spiked and
put out qf the game for some time.
Al Demaree is making a bid for a
regular turn in the box and was good
against Pittsburgh for six innings.
Mitchell, following the lessons he
learned from George Stallings, pre
fers to get four pitchers, or even
three and use them in regular order.
He sees no reason why a physically
strong man shouldn't be able to
throw baseball nine innings every
fourjn day. So far Mitch has been
seeking the proper combination.
Vaughn and Dodglass are certain
members of the quartet. He needs
Today the Cubs wind up in Pitts
burgh and go on to Cincinnati for
their first engagement of the season
with Christy Mathewson's club. Five
games are carded with the Reds.
Ragan and Nehf beat Giants in the
New York opener. Kelly, former Cub,
won for the Braves in the 14th with
Cravath's homer and Alexanfler's
pitching beat Brooklyn. Gawy also
hit a double.
Hornsby hit a triple and homer as
Cards beat Reds. Mathewson's team
is hitting hard, but not making the
bingles count for runs.
Ping Bodie failed to hit, but the
Macks beat Washington anyhow,
mainly on J. Johnson's pitching. Witt
knocked three hits.
Young hit a homer in the ninth
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