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good showing, on a percentage ba
sis, after the bad start the Hose
made in Detroit and Cleveland.
The only fly in the ointment is that
i three of these five' victories were
, ! scored against the St Louis Browns,
a team which canber.beaten by even
' the Mackmen at the present time.
.The Sox could score only one vic
ij .tory against Detroit and the same
! against Cleveland, the better teams
i .of this end of the circuit
I That brand of baseball isn't going
1 . to win any pennant in the American
! league this season, for there are only
! ,two teams which look weak. Out-
Jj side of the Browns and Mackmen
ij there isn't an easy team in the
' league, the Yanks and Indians hav-
ij jng strengthened wonderfully, and
.Washington seems to have found'
some excellent men in the army of
! recruits Griffith tried out
Rowland's team hasn't been play-
j ing any marvelous baseball. It has
not been batting importantly, the
i pitching has been but fair and some
j ; of the fielding has been very poor,
j The latter criticism goes for Jack
! Fournier, especially. Jack is trying
diligently, but is having much trou
ble mastering the intricacies of first
basing and contributes an error al
; most daily. And the worst of it is
j that his bobbles are frequently
' Jack has to hit above .300 to hold
his regular berth. John Collins took
his place in the middle of the game
j yesterday when a left-hander was in
jected into the fray, but that doesn't
V solve the first basing problem. Weak
ness at first has been costly to the
) Hose in past seasons, together with
.weakness at third. The latter posi
tion seems to be taken care of, and
expert first basing will make the
team a tip-top pennant battler every
step of the way.
Red Sox, Tigers and White Sox
were picked to cut out the running in
the A. L. flag hunt But notice that
Washington, Yanks and Cleveland
are controlling the top three places,
and doing it in an impressive man
ner against strong opposition.
Braves got up there by beating the
Phillies. Ed Reulbach was in trou
ble frequently, but tightenedin the
pinches. Connolly's hit won for
Giants won their first home game,
Tesreau pausing Brooklyn with three
hits. Big Jeff is credited with the
only other Giant victory.- Doyle bat- jf)
ted in both Giant runs. This is fur
ther evidence that McGraw's ball
team will make trouble whenever it
gets decent heaving.
Washington slugged Shore and
won third straight from Red Sox.
Boehling pitched good ball. Henry,
Foster and Milan batted stoutly for'
Washington. One reason Griffith is
winning ball games is the good bat
ting of John Henry, his star catcher.
Henry has never batted above .250
before, but is now scudding along
with a mark well above .300 and his
hits are coming in the pinches.
Cleveland got third straight from
Detroit, beating four pitchers. Mor
ton stopped the Tigers, Cobb scoring
the only run.
Yanks slammed a batting victory
over Macks, Baker, Gedeon, Magee,
Maisel and Pipp all taking healthy
cracks at the ball. Shawkey was a
good pitcher. Donovan has no joke
team now and the club is winning
on its merits.
Christy Mathewson believes he is
ready to pitch, his arm having been
under the care of a specialist It is
probable he will be started tomorrow
in Boston against the Braves.
Coach Joe Paupau of Oe Paul uni- -versity'nad
his jaw broken by a bat
ted bill in practice before his team
beat St Patrick, 11 to 3. Paupau Q)
was hurt in an auto accident while
his football team was in the east last
Joe Capron beat Gus Copulos, De- -troit,
50 to 24, in game of Interstate
Three-Cushion . Billiard league at
Seward Park Braves won Cook