Around the NL Central

Friday's Games:

Brewers 6 Giants 4

Astros 5 Cardinals 4

Cubs 5 Dodgers 4

Pirates 1 Reds 6

Standings

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 16 10 - 5-5 L2
Reds 13 12 2.5 7-3 W2
Astros 12 14 4.0 6-4 W4
Brewers 12 14 4.0 5-5 W1
Pirates 11 15 5.0 4-6 L1
Cubs 10 16 6.0 6-4 W1

News and Notes:

Astros:

Cardinals:

Cubs:

Pirates:

Reds:

  • After an indifferent start to the year the Reds have turned it around lately and manager Dusty Baker hopes for continued success.
  • Brandon Phillips' hamstring, which has been troubling the second baseman for most of the past month, is on the mend and nearing 100 percent.
  • Lots of minor league notes. Fellow SB Nation blog Red Reporter looks at the upper level talent. Left handed pitcher Tony Cingrani is finding success in the hitter friendly California League picking up Pitcher of the Week honors. Cingrani isn't the only pitcher doing well among Reds' prospects. Will Shortstop Billy Hamilton's early success push him up a level, especially in light of the recent Paul Janish injury?

On Tap:

The Brewers and Giants continue their series in San Francisco with today's 3:05 p.m. CDT game. Randy Wolf (2-2) will start for the Crew and will be opposed by Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner (4-1)

The Astros and Cardinals play game two of their series today at 6:05 p.m. CDT in Houston. Bud Norris (1-1) will start for Houston and Jamie Garcia (2-1) is scheduled to take the hill for the Cards.

The Cubs and Dodgers have another afternoon game in Wrigley Field. Today's game is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CDT. Chris Volstad (0-3) was pushed up and will make the start for the Cubs replacing the ill Matt Garza. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (3-0) will look to improve on his unbeaten start.

The Pirates entertain the Reds in game two of their series in pittsburgh. John McDonald (1-1) will make the start for the Bucs. Mike Leake (0-3) will start for the Reds, still looking for his first win on the year.

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