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AROUND THE CACTUS LEAGUE

Friday, March 18, 2005; Page D12

Greg Maddux doesn't want to discuss starting on Opening Day until the Chicago Cubs make a decision.

"They haven't said anything to me and when they do, we'll talk about it," Maddux said after pitching five innings and earning his first win of the spring in the Cubs' 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics yesterday in Phoenix.

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Rockies center fielder Preston Wilson, trying to recover from two left knee surgeries, played in back-to-back games for the first time this spring. . . .

Shawn Chacon, who has missed two starts for the Rockies because of a sore hamstring, will not start against Seattle on Monday. Instead, he will pitch a simulated game either Sunday or Monday.

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Cubs Manager Dusty Baker suggested that Maddux is a strong possibility to make the start with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood both injured.

Maddux, who lost his last Opening Day start with the Atlanta Braves in 2003, is 6-1 in eight career starts in the opener. . . .

Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash was a visitor to the A's locker room and met with Oakland starter Rich Harden, a fellow Canadian. . . .

The Kansas City Royals reassigned outfielder Brian Hunter to their minor league camp. Hunter, signed in February, hit .250 in 10 spring games.

The 34-year-old outfielder, who twice led the AL in steals and was the majors' top base-stealer in 1997, has not played in the big leagues since 2003. He was released last May by the St. Louis Cardinals' Class AAA Memphis club.

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