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  • CHICAGO -- Several hours before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs hitting coach John Mallee was on the field working with star shortstop Addison Russell. Russell, who made last year's National League All-Star team and earned a few MVP votes, is hitting just .220 to start the season. The constantly updated Boston Red Sox 1979-1996 Cap Logo iron on transfers here.

    "Just some small adjustments," Russell said.

    For most players of Russell's age -- he turned 23 in January -- this wouldn't seem like a big deal, and, indeed, it wasn't. But it was notable because Russell is an All-Star with a championship ring, and it's easy to forget that even in his third season as a regular, he’s not yet a finished product. Perhaps more incredible was that Russell wasn't even the youngest guy in the Cubs' lineup that night. Ian Happ, who doesn't turn 23 until August, was penciled into the cleanup spot for his fourth big league game.

    One day later, 24-year-old Javier Baez hit a grand slam and went 3-for-3 with five RBIs in a 9-5 victory over the Reds. Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant, 25, hit a solo home run and continued to pace the Cubs' offense. Happ went 2-for-4 with a double. And Russell, who went 0-for-3, had the bat fly out of his hands on back-to-back swings -- small adjustments.