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now to the opening of the season the outfielding rights and left will bat tle against each other every day a game is not scheduled with some other club of the third league. The plan will also work to the ben efit of the pitchers, as they will be pitted against the brand of batting supposed to be particularly deadly, and will be forced to extend them selves to prevent heavy slamming. Hendrix, Rankin Johnson, Prender gast, Beard and Lange will get plenty of practice against the stout clubs of Zwilling, Wickland and Flack, and Ad Brennan, Black and Ashenfelter must hump themselves to sneak the ball by Mann, Kavanaugh and Han ford. Cold weather is still the order at Shreveport. Two practice sessions are held daily, but the men must go slowly in order to avoid stiffness re sulting from the icy winds. . If Mel Wolfgang is in shape when the American league season opens, it is probable he will be shot right into the middle of the strife andvgiven a regular job of pitching to do in the early days, dividing the veterans' job with Scott, Faber, and possibly Rus sell and Cicotte. Wolfgang flirted with poison oak in Paso Robles, and is just regaining the use of his eyes. He had his first chance yesterday against Sacramento and allowed three hits in five innings. Later he explained that they were all "scratch" hits. Wolfgang, during the latter part of the 1914 season, proved his right to wear a major league uniform. Light ly regarded because of his diminutive size, he was kept on the bench for more than half the season. Man agers who had employed him in the minors opined he had the stuff if he could ever get a chance to use it, but Callahan preferred to stick -along with his bigger men. Then the Sox box corps pulled up with a flat wheel. Wolfgang was shoved into the breach as a last re sort and proceeded to make good! with a vengeance. He performed so ably that he was given the honor of pitching the first game in the city series with the Cubs. He was licked but he didn't pitch bad ball. In ad dition to this, Wolfgang is an excel lent fielder, and a far better batter than the majority of pitchers. g-. Roth had his chance at third base la and handled three chances easily, be sides connecting for a hit. Jasper helped Wolfgang with the pitching. Sox won, 5 to 2, though they only knocked five hits. Wolfgang got two. Fddie Cicotte is still far from right but he is improving. The French man is always a slow starter, and no fears should be felt because the Coast league teams are pounding his straight balL Seconds lost to Ven ice, 11 to 1. Jimmy Johnston, the speedy Cub outfielder, has been sold to Oakland of the Pacific Coast league. But for the 21-player rule Manager Bresna han would have retained the south ern flash, believing that he has the material of which good ballplayers are made. A string is attached to Johnston and it is probably that in the event of injuries among the Cubs he could be jerked back on short no tice. Johnson was not quite strong enough with the bat and also was somewhat shy on throwing. Manager Bresnahan does not have to worry about the remaining exhibi tion games on the Cub schedule. President Baum of the Southern league has denied there is any inten tion on the part of his organization to join with the Federal league. Phils licked Cubs, 4 to 1, but there . is no cause for discouragement The II pitching for the west siders was ex cellent, and it is on this department that the heavy work will fall during the coming campaign. In batting and fielding the squad is a major league combination. It is strong enough to win a big share of its games if supported by tight pitching. Vaughn and Cheney in the past have iSustrated their ability to cope iftgte "---' --iiJrrtfcfiii-ii ES&i tsmimSmmSiSmSSimmim