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Around the NL Central: May 9 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • Milwaukee ended a disastrous 10-game road trip with another punchless performance at the dish, falling meekly to St. Louis, 3-1.  Our recap is here.
  • Johnny Cueto came out firin' in his season debut for the Reds, throwing six innings without giving up a run and striking out four as Cincinnati blanked Chicago, 2-0. Drew Stubbs provided all the offense the Reds needed with a fifth-inning homer off Ryan Dempster, and Francisco Cordero threw a clean ninth inning one day after blowing his first save of the season.
  • Pittsburgh climbed back to .500 with come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Houston. The Pirates trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Ryan Doumit changed all that with a three-run bomb off Fernando Abad. James McDonald turned in a solid six-inning start for Pittsburgh, striking out eight without giving up a run.
Your updated standings for May 9:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 20 15 -- 6-4 W1
Reds 18 16 1.5 6-4 W1
Pirates 17 17 2.5 6-4 W2
Cubs 15 18 4.0 5-5 L1
Brewers 14 20 5.5 2-8 L1
Astros 13 21 6.5 4-6 L2


On tap for tonight:

  • Cincinnati travels to Houston for a 7:05 p.m. CDT game at Minute Maid Park. The Reds start Travis Wood (1-3, 6.21) and the Astros counter with Wandy Aneury Rodriguez (0-0, 4.15).
  • The Dodgers pay a visit to the Steel City for a four-game series with the Pirates.  Tonight's game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT and features L.A.'s Chad Billingsley (2-1, 3.92) and Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens (2-1, 4.05).
  • The Cubs and Cardinals take the day off before beginning a three-game series tomorrow in Chicago.