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Adduci fulfills childhood dream with start in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Outfielder Jim Adduci achieved his childhood dream with his start in left field on Monday night. Adduci grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a White Sox fan, and was playing in U.S. Cellular Field for the first time as a pro.

He played here in a high school All-Star game. His high school, Evergreen Park, is about five miles south of U.S. Cellular.

"It's like being at home," Adduci said. "I came here as a kid to watch games. To play in a Major League game here is an awesome feeling. Just being on the field early today was an awesome feeling. I grew up watching Paul Konerko play. It's awesome."

Adduci was drafted by the Marlins in the 42nd round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and traded to the Cubs three years later. He spent six seasons in the Cubs system before signing with the Rangers as a Minor League free agent after the 2012 season.

His father, Jim, was also a Major Leaguer, and last played in 1989, for the Phillies.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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