Russell set to make Wrigley debut; Dodgers seek redemption vs. Giants
By Cash Kruth
A new week brings new series in Major League Baseball on Monday, as teams begin the final showdowns of April.
A young phenom makes his first home start, an old rivalry continues and a couple aces look to earn a 'W.'
Here are a few matchups and games to look forward to:
• Russell makes Wrigley debut, PIT @ CHC, 8:05 p.m.
Addison Russell has five Major League games under his belt, all on the road, and on Monday steps foot inside Wrigley Field for the first time as a Major Leaguer. The youngster has struggled at the plate, but has flashed his highly touted defense at second base, after transitioning from shortstop.
Right-hander Jason Hammel (1-1, 5.19 ERA) gets the start for the Cubs and faces the Pirates for the second straight outing after giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings Wednesday. Vance Worley (2-1, 4.00) gets the ball for Pittsburgh.
• NL West rivals meet in Los Angeles, SF @ LAD, 10:10 p.m.
The reigning World Series champions might be sitting in last place in the National League West, but the Giants-Dodgers rivalry is always a heated battle, regardless of the standings. The Dodgers sit in first place, but were swept by the Giants in San Francisco last week.
Now it's Los Angeles' turn to host. Tim Lincecum (1-1, 2.00) starts for the Giants after Sunday's rainout and is 5-5 with a 3.64 ERA in 13 outings (12 starts) at Dodger Stadium. Lefty Brett Anderson (1-1, 5.40) starts for L.A. after surrendering four runs in four innings in his last start against San Francisco.
• Price looks to rebound, DET @ MIN, 8:10 p.m.
Mother Nature and the Yankees battered David Price (1-1, 3.28) in his last outing, as he allowed eight runs on 10 hits while battling snow flurries and frigid temperatures over 2 1/3 innings. He'll get another shot Monday against the Twins, whom he held to five hits over 8 2/3 scoreless innings on Opening Day.
The Twins counter with Tommy Milone (2-0, 3.38), who is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six career outings (five starts) against Detroit.
• Walker looks for turnaround, SEA @ TEX, 8:05 p.m.
Young Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker (0-2, 10.66) was the talk of the Cactus League, allowing two runs in 27 innings, but hasn't seen that stuff transition to the regular season. Walker was touched for nine runs in his first outing, but threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball his last time out against the Astros.
Righty Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.92) starts for the Rangers after throwing six shutout innings against Seattle earlier this season.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.