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James Russell (PHOTO/LARRY WOOLIS)

James Russell almost goes into a kind of political mode when asked about being on the Chicago Cubs' opening day roster. The left-hander and 2007 14th-round draft pick from the University of Texas has thrown 11 scoreless innings in big league camp this spring, and it's not a stretch to say that he will be in Atlanta for the team's season opener in less than a week.

The Cubs open the season Monday, April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. First pitch is set for 3:10 p.m. CDT with television coverage provided by ESPN. As it stands now, Russell will be one of the 25 players on the Cubs' opening day roster barring a last-minute trade, manager Lou Piniella said on Friday. "Unless we make a deal," Piniella told reporters. "Remember (General Manager...

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