Russell notches first big league hit

Russell notches first big league hit

PITTSBURGH -- After his Major League debut on Tuesday, Addison Russell said he was eager to get his first hit so he could relax. The Cubs' rookie infielder did just that in his first at-bat Wednesday.

Russell singled to center with one out in the third in his first at-bat for his first of what he hopes will be many more Major League hits.

"Today, I was a little bit more relaxed and I just stayed with my approach and it worked out for me that first at-bat," said Russell, who batted .318 in 11 games with Triple-A Iowa before his promotion.

"It feels really good to get that first one out of the way," said Russell, who finished 1-for-4 in the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Pirates. "We'll just have to see where we go from here."

In his debut, Russell, 21, went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He can relax. In Kris Bryant's big league debut last Friday at Wrigley Field, he went 0-for-4 with three K's.

"I think it's a good stepping stone for the future," Russell said. "I can build off this and see where it takes me."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.