"It's great to have them here to watch me play on the big stage," Russell said of his parents, Wayne and Milany Russell, per MLB.com. "It's kind of humbling to remember where you came from. It's kind of like a warm feeling. They helped me get to this point. I'm glad they're here."
Manger Joe Maddon cautioned the need to be patient with Russell, who played just 14 games at Triple-A and was working on his footwork with infield coach Gary Jones before the game then committed a fielding error Monday night.
"You've got to put your scout's cap on and visualize what this could look like," Maddon said. "Once he can really exhale and just catch his breath, he'll start hitting the baseball."
Russell is just 4 for 25 with two doubles, four RBI and 13 strikeouts in six games.
Muno went 1 for 6 in four games for the Mets.
Murphy belted a 1-1 pitch from Cishek over the right field wall for a three-run home run to give the Mets the lead and eventual win. It was Murphy's second homer of the season and 14th RBI.
"I'm not going to wake up tomorrow, no matter what I do, and be hitting .290," Murphy said to ESPN.com. "So it's just one at-bat at a time. That's all I can control right now."
He is hitting .174 in 69 at-bats this season. Murphy is working on moving closer to the plate to find more success.
"We've been playing with that and trying to get comfortable in there," Murphy said. "It's always nice to hit some balls hard once you make an adjustment. So hopefully it's something we'll continue working on. One at-bat at a time. I know it's a cliché. But I'm not going to go 15-for-4 tomorrow."
"He's just a series or two away from getting hot and getting to where he wants to be," Sandberg said. "He's stung the ball."
Utley has two home runs and nine RBI on 58 at-bats this season.
Middlebrooks was given the day off Sunday, allowing Gyorko to make his first start in the last five games. Middlebrooks is hitting .239 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 71 at-bats this season.
The Padres are currently the favorites (-116) against the Astros Monday.
Kendrick was given Sunday off after playing in 17 consecutive games for Los Angeles. He is hitting .303 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 66 at-bats this season. Uribe is back in the lineup after getting Sunday off as well and is hitting .244 with three RBI in 44 at-bats.
Utility man Alex Guerrero is also out of the lineup Monday even though he's hitting .500 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 22 at-bats this season.
The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-150) against San Francisco.
"He doesn't feel the tightness anymore," manager Brad Ausmus said, per Mlive.com. "It was tightness. He didn't pull or strain anything. But he felt it tighten up, so he was concerned if he tried to run hard something would give. So it was probably wise that he came out of the game, because he feels good [Monday]. We'll give him the day and just see how he's doing."
Davis left Sunday's game due to groin tightness, keeping him from reprising his normal role as leadoff man against southpaws. Instead, the Tigers will use second baseman Ian Kinsler in the leadoff role, with shortstop Jose Iglesias moving up to the second slot.
"I do think hitting leadoff's a little different," Ausmus said, "and Kinsler's done it many times before. That's the only reason."
It's the first time this season Kinsler has batted anything other than second, but he's no stranger to the leadoff spot, having made 745 of his 1,236 career starts atop the lineup. Iglesias, however, has batted eighth or ninth in each of his starts this season. He's made three career starts in the No. 2 slot, going 5 for 12 with one walk.
The Tigers are heavy road favorites (-155) in Minnesota Monday.
Alex Rodriguez will also slide over to third base from designated hitter and move Chase Headley to the bench. Didi Gregorius also returns to the lineup at shortstop with Stephen Drew shifting to second base and Gregorio Petit moving to the bench.
The Yankees are currently the favorites (-140) against Tampa Bay.
Ramirez is hitting .203 with five doubles and nine RBI in 59 at-bats. Gillaspie has equally struggled, hitting just .205 with four RBI in 44 at-bats. He is hitting .455 in 11 career at-bats against Ubaldo Jimenez, who takes the hill for Baltimore Monday.
The White Sox are currently the underdogs (+135) against Baltimore.
Franklin, who has been sidelined all season with an oblique injury, hit just .160 in 81 at-bats a year ago.