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fly balls. Several hits have been re- T
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
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
life, and Lieboldwho has been trou-i
bled in right field more than the 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 py
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
' geserally 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.
Manager 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
him on he has the knowledge that
Mitchell is stocked up with capable
pitchers, but has no one else capable
of playing the initial sack in anything
resembling big league style.
All he needs is a few hits. That
will give him confidence in himself
and also insure s retention on the
job while he ledrns 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 1
is -new to him. Fortunately, he is
playing with three infielding mates
who are more accurate in their
throwing than the usual run 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 of 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, arbaseball nine innings every
fourth day. So far Mitch has been
seeking the proper combination.
Vaughn and Douglass 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 Alexander'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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