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(AP) -- It's a small sample size, but for the Chicago Cubs so far, the kids are all right.

Addison Russell was the latest rookie to make a contribution, and he's expected to make his Wrigley Field debut Monday night when the Cubs host a Pittsburgh Pirates team in search of its sixth straight win.

The 21-year-old was called up last week, joining fellow highly touted prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler in the big leagues as Chicago (10-7) appears to have finished rebuilding. While Russell has yet to find his offensive stride - he's just 3 for 22 in his first five games - he did deliver a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run fourth in Sunday's 5-2 victory at Cincinnati.

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Leaders
AVG: N. Walker.300
HR: S. Marte5
RBI: S. Marte13
SB: G. Polanco7
W: G. Cole3
ERA: A. Burnett1.80
Saves: M. Melancon5
K: F. Liriano30
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
St. Louis 125.706-
Chi Cubs 107.5882
Pittsburgh 118.5792
Cincinnati 810.4444.5
Milwaukee 415.2119
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .232 (22)
Runs: 79 (13)
Hits: 144 (18)
Home Runs: 17 (13)
Stolen Bases: 11 (13)
OBP: .282 (28)
SLG: .368 (18)
Total Bases: 229 (17)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 2.91 (2)
Runs Allowed: 60 (3)
Saves: 6 (13)
Strikeouts: 168 (4)
OpBA: .228 (6)
OBP: .293 (8)
SLG: .329 (2)
Run Support: 4.18 (15)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/20 J. Sellers Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation
4/18 J. Decker Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
4/18 J. Decker Removed From 15-Day DL (Left calf strain)
4/18 J. Decker Sent to Minors
4/17 T. Sanchez Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
4/4 C. Morton Hip injury (on 15-day DL)
3/30 J. Decker off 15-day DL
3/27 B. Cumpton Right elbow surgery - out for season (on 15-day DL)
3/27 J. Sellers Sore left Achilles (on 15-day DL)
3/27 C. Stewart off 15-day DL
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