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In all the dope from the coast about
shifts of men from the second to the first team little is heard about Black burne. Weaver .will-goto the regu lars in a day or so, but Blackburne is slated to stick with the goofs under Gleason. That shouldn't cause any dismay among the boosters of the ex-Milwaukee star. . GleaSQn needs some good men to leaven his mediocre crew and wants Blackburne to pro vide the pep and fighting spirit. Blackburne is. a god ballplayer and it will pnly take a few days of work alongside of Weaver to get them used to each other's style of playing. In a week the Sox will be headed for home, shaking the dust, or mud, of California from their spikes. Be fore departing Callahan will prune his force and several aspirants for big league pay checks are billed to re main on the coast. Undoubtedly Cal has decided in his own mind who those gents are, but he is keeping his own counsel. Al cock, Barbour, Berger' and Black burne are after the second base and utility infield position. Two of the quartet will be retained and a third may be carried at least until the opening of the season. Indications are that one of the men to go will be Alcock or Barbour. The latter is a third baseman, but could probably play one of the other infield "positions at a pinch. His batting has been impressive in California and may result in iiis retention, as strong hitters are scarce birds with the Sox. Alc.ock has shown a lot, but not quite so much as the other boys. Berger, on his showing last year, is sure to stick. Blackburne is a cer tainty. Several pitchers will be dropped on the way home. We can't get very much interested in them. Cal has a good staff from last year and will not be weakened if none of the recruits make good. Opening dates were decided by the Federal League schedule meeting in , Baltimore yesterday. Th campaign will be started "April 13 in the follow ing cities: Buffalo at Baltimore, Brooklyn at Pittsburg, Chicago at Indianapolis, Kansas City at St. Louis. The rest of the slate has not been made up. Chicago will not be at home until about April 25, when it is be lieved the local stands will be ready for occupancy. Down at Shreveport Joe Tinker ap plied the goad again today and had all his athletes working under a full head of steam. Playtime ceased for the men yesterday when Tinker laid down the law and put them through some stiff conditioning stunts. The hospital list has been cut down and the players are rounding to encouragingly. A few have not shown the proper spirit and Tinker told them straight that they would' have to liven up or get out. This afternoon the Feds are mixing with Centenary College. Nashville is the Cub stopping place for today and one game will be played before the invaders move on to Louis ville for a five-day engagement. Hard work was gbne through in Memphis yesterday and the condition of the veterans and youngsters is as good as could be expected. No serious injuries are reported and the regulars are all . down around their natural playing weight. Sarri Langford beat Bill Watkins in half a round at New York last night. Langford batted the other smoke in the eye, and Watkins dropped to the floor and yelled foul. After Langford was out of the building Watkins got up and said: "GenTmen, he done hit me foul in de eye on de breakaway, and I couldn't see how to gjet up." Jack Dillon got an eight-round de cision over Chicago K. O. Brown in Memphis. It was a tame affair. Kid Williams, bantam,, whipped Young Diggins to a finish in six rounds at Philadelphia. Diggins never had a chance, Williams taking every round.