Cubs' Addison Russell singles, scores run in Wrigley debut
by R.J. White |
(9:55 am ET) Cubs rookie second baseman Addison Russell made his debut at Wrigley Field Monday, going 1 for 3 with a single and a run scored in his team's 4-0 win over the Pirates.

"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 "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.

Mets option infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) The Mets have optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas after four games, the team announced Monday. Muno was moved back to the minors to make room from pitcher Rafael Montero.

Muno went 1 for 6 in four games for the Mets. 

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy blasts three-run home run
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 at the plate in New York's 3-1 win over the Marlins Monday. Murphy was quiet at the plate all night before stepping in the box in the ninth inning against Steve Cishek.

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 "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."

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley trying to snap out of funk
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley remains the No. 3 hitter in Philadelphia's lineup despite hitting just .121 so far this season. It's been a battle for Utley at the plate, but manager Ryne Sandberg thinks he's close to putting it all together, reports

"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.

Padres' Will Middlebrooks returns to the starting lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Padres infielder Will Middlebrooks is back in the starting lineup Monday at third base, moving Yangervis Solarte to second and Jedd Gyorko to the bench, the team announced.

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.

Dodgers' Howie Kendrick, Juan Uribe back in the lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick and third baseman Juan Uribe are back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Giants, the team announced.

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.

Tigers' Rajai Davis out of lineup, Ian Kinsler leading off Monday
by R.J. White |
(4/27/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is out of the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Twins.

"He doesn't feel the tightness anymore," manager Brad Ausmus said, per "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.

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Rays, the team announced. Ellsbury was pulled in Saturday's game with hip tightness and missed Sunday's game with the injury. Ellsbury is hitting .282 with a home run in 71 at-bats. 

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.

White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez gets first day off of the year Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez will get his first day off of the season Monday against the Orioles, with Conor Gillaspie shifting to third and Gordon Beckham taking over at short, the team announced.

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.

Rays INF Nick Franklin set to begin rehab this week
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/27/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin has told the Tampa Bay Times that he is set to begin a rehab assignment this week at Port Charlotte. No date was specified.

Franklin, who has been sidelined all season with an oblique injury, hit just .160 in 81 at-bats a year ago.

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