Around the NL Central: Saturday Wrap-up

Saturday's Results:

Brewers 4 Twins 5 (11 innings)

Astros 6 Rangers 5

Cardinals 0 Dodgers 6

Cubs 4 White Sox 7

Pirates 4 Tigers 3

Reds 6 Yankees 5

Standings:

Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 22 18 - 3-7 L3
Reds 20 19 1.5 5-5 W1
Pirates 19 21 3.0 5-5 W1
Astros 18 22 4.0 4-6 W1
Brewers 16 24 6.0 3-7 L4
Cubs 15 25 7.0 3-7 L5

News and Notes:

  • With the offseason signing of Ryan Madson the Reds had thought they secured their closer role. After his injury and the up-and-down performance of Sean Marshall manager Dusty Baker may have to make the move to 'Plan C.' The Reds have handled the adversity well, a game over .500 and nipping at the heels of the less than red hot Cardinals for the division lead.
  • After officially announcing his retirement yesterday his playing days with the Cubs may be over. That doesn't mean, however, that his role with the club will be. According to Club President Theo Epstein Kerry Wood has a job with the team whenever he is ready to take it.
  • In other Cubs news, the club has brought back Catcher Koyie Hill. Chicago will send cash considerations to the Reds in exchange for Hill.

On Tap:

The Brewers look to avoid the sweep at the hand of the Twins by wining this afternoon's 1:10 p.m. CDT game at Miller Park. Zack Greinke (4-1) will take the mound looking to end the Brewers' losing skid. Jason Marquis (2-3) is the scheduled starter for the Twins.

The Astros and Rangers conclude their series in Houston today at 1:05 p.m. CDT. Jordan Lyles (0-0), who has remained with the big league team, will make the start for the Astros. Colby Lewis (3-3) will start for the Rangers.

The Cardinals finish up their west coast road trip today against the Dodgers at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Kyle Lohse (5-1) is scheduled to start for St. Louis. Chad Billingsley (2-3) will start for LA.

The Cubs and White Sox finish up their cross town interleague series with today's 1:20 p.m. CDT game at Wrigley Field. Paul Maholm (4-2) and Jake Peavy (4-1) are the scheduled starters.

The Pirates and Tigers wrap up their series in Detroit with this afternoon's game. Kevin Correia (1-4) will start for Pittsburgh. The Tigers will counter with Max Scherzer (2-3). Game time in Detroit is set for 12:05 p.m. CDT.

The Reds will look to take 2-of-3 from the Yankees with a victory in today's 12:05 p.m. CDT game. Johnny Cueto (4-1) will start for Cincinnati. Former Brewer C.C. Sabathia (5-1) will make the start for the Yankees.

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