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AJ Russell, Tennessee (Edide Kelly)

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Tennessee’s AJs, Oregon’s Bullpen Shine In Arlington

At The Ballpark

ARLINGTON, Texas — AJ Russell’s elixir was gaining 12 pounds of muscle in the offseason.

The Tennessee sophomore righthanded pitcher dazzled Friday night in a 6-2 win over Texas Tech to begin the season. And on this night, he earned an Opening Day start — this after making 24 appearances as a freshman last season with just one start.

In the days leading up to Friday’s opener against the Red Raiders, all expectations were that Vols veteran righthanded pitcher Drew Beam would get the Opening Day nod on the mound. That would make sense given his[…]

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