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Camp, Russell are Sveum's first-half MVPs

Camp, Russell are Sveum's first-half MVPs

Camp, Russell are Sveum's first-half MVPs
NEW YORK -- Who's your first half Most Valuable Player for the Cubs? Manager Dale Sveum picked relievers Shawn Camp and James Russell.

Camp was 2-4 with a 2.86 ERA and one save, while Russell was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA entering Sunday. Russell had a 2.30 ERA in 101 games since the start of 2011, the second-lowest mark by a National League left-hander.

"Those guys have been phenomenal in the first half," Sveum said. "Without those two guys, we would've been in a lot of trouble. The combination of both of them has been tremendous. They've been consistent all season long. To have the numbers they have, and handle a position they've been put in [that they aren't used to] speaks volumes for what they've done for this team this year."

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Both helped fill in when closer Carlos Marmol was injured and ineffective. Hitters were batting .234 off Camp, .237 off Russell entering Sunday.

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