It's the weekend, which is usually pretty slow for news. So today's AtNLC's news is mostly player profile based.
This one kills two birds with one stone: The Pirates' Alex Presley and Chase d'Arnaud played well in their rehab starts against beleaguered Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez, leading the two of them to rejoin the Pirates last Thursday.
And now for something completely different: The Cubs GM search is on, and the Chicago Tribune runs down a list of candidates for the job, including Kim Ng--the current senior vice president of baseball operations for the MLB and someone who perhaps already should have been the first female general manager in baseball.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals were shut out by the Pirates 7-0, so Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central just keeps growing. St. Louis managed seven hits, but couldn't string anything together. Chris Carpenter didn't help their cause, giving up six earned runs in five innings. Meanwhile, Brad Lincoln allowed just four hits in six innings for the Pirates and Daniel McCutchen and Chris Resop shut down the Cards the next three innings. Garrett Jones and James Harrison both had three hits, and Harrison also drove in three runs.
The Reds beat the Nationals, 6-3. Drew Stubbs was 3-3 with an RBI while Brandon Phillips went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. Mike Leake pitched well, giving up just two runs (both on home runs) in six innings while striking out four.
The Astros lost to the Giants 2-1 in ten innings. The GIants last inning run--an RBI single from former Astro Jeff Keppinger--was a nice bookend as their lone other run came in the first inning. The Astros' lone run came on an RBI double from Carlos Lee, scoring Jason Bourgeois. Lee went three for three with a walk in this game. Bret Myers pitched great, going seven innings and allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven.
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The Wild Card race looks like this right now:
And here are the playoff participants, if the season ended today:
Braves (Wild Card)
Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.03) and the Reds go up against Jordan Zimmerman (8-11, 3.10) and the Nationals.