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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Though he's not in the lineup again today Addison Russell says his back is 100 percent and thinks he'll play Thursday and/or Friday in Houston. He says he'll be ready for opening day.

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Predicting White Sox's 2017 record

The White Sox will be living in the shadow of the Cubs for quite some time, but Joe Peta fears they may do so from the cellar of the AL Central for at least a few seasons.

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Jimmy Butler does well with the spotlight on him and not on Dwyane Wade. All five of these statistics show better production for Butler with Wade off the court, including a nearly seven-point jump.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs sent Rule 5 pick lefty Caleb Smith back to the Yankees today. With a healthy staff Smith became expendable. It means Brian Duensing and Mike Montgomery are the lefties in the bullpen to start the season. The Cubs also assigned Chris Dominguez and Jemile Weeks to minor league camp. Their roster stands at 27 as they'll likely carry an extra catcher (Corporan) until the weekend while a decision on Matt Szczur has to be made soon. He's out of minor league options.

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With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the NBA scoring race is a dead heat between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Harden was last season's runner-up to Stephen Curry.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Even after being assigned to minor league camp Cubs 2015 top pick Ian Happ continues to hit. He went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI against the Giants on Tuesday raising his spring average to .415 and OPS to 1.286. The Cubs have not ruled out a 2017 debut for Happ.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss how the team prepared the starters after such a short offseason, Arrieta gave up five hits but no walks on Tuesday against the Giants in his final tune up before the regular season begins.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the health status of Addison Russell (back). After talking with the training staff the Cubs are still confident he can start opening day.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Munenori Kawasaki after he was released on Tuesday.

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Duck, Duck, Duck....

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell (back) is hopeful to play Wednesday or at lest Thur/Fri but missing opening day isn't completely out of the question if he isn't 100 percent. He's close but doesn't want to take any chances. Ben Zobrist (neck) is back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing a week.

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