Russell has lost his past two starts, failing to get out of the fifth inning and giving up three home runs in each. In his last start against the Rockies, Russell allowed four runs on five hits while also walking three.After that outing, Cubs manager Mike Quade wasn't sure if he would give Russell another start, but on Sunday, he announced the 25-year-old left-hander would get another crack at it. Quade said he's hoping Russell will be able to go deeper into the game Monday. "That'd be great. He's got enough pitches under his belt to do that, so we'll see," Quade said. "We're in really good shape. All three guys at the back end of the bullpen have had rest now. We continue to stay in pretty shape, because the bullpen does a good job." Worth noting
Starlin Castro's 40 hits in April tied the Major League record for the most April hits by a player 21 years old or younger. Alex Rodriguez also had 40 hits in 1997.