Friday May 1st, 2015

Chicago Cubs second baseman Addison Russell hit his first MLB home run on Friday afternoon off of Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta.

The third-inning home run to left-centerfield gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead over the Brewers in the first game of the series.

After that at bat, Russell was batting .207 with a home run and six RBIs.

Russell was called up by the Cubs on April 21 and went 0-5 with three strikeouts in his debut. The 21-year-old was drafted by the Oakland A's with the 11th pick in the 2012 MLB draft. The Cubs acquired Russell last season in a trade involving pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's also got outfielder Bill McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily in the deal. Hammel is now back with the Cubs.

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Though Russell has played primarily shortstop in the minors, he is starting at second for the Cubs because the team has All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro.

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