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Around the NL Central: June 24 Edition

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News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • St. Louis pulled into a first place tie with idle Milwaukee and staved off a sweep, routing the Phillies, 12-2, last night at Busch Stadium. The Cards roared out to a 5-0 lead after three innings thanks to a solo homer by Jon Jay and RBI singles by Tony Cruz and Ryan Theriot, and then blew the doors off the game with a six-run eighth inning that was capped off by a three-run homer from Lance Berkman (his 18th). Chris Carpenter was on top of his game last night, pitching seven innings of five-hit ball and striking out seven Phils while giving up a single earned run.
  • Everybody else -- Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Houston -- had the day off.

Your updated standings for June 24:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Brewers 41 35 -- 3-7 L1
Cardinals 41 35 -- 3-7 W1
Reds 39 37 2.0 5-5 W1
Pirates 37 37 3.0 6-4 W2
Cubs 30 44 10.0 5-5 L2
Astros 28 48 13.0 4-6 W1

On tap for tonight:
  • The Crew welcome the Twins to town for a three-game series that begins at 7:10 p.m. CDT tonight. Scott Baker (5-4, 3.24) faces Randy Wolf (5-4, 3.15) in the opener.
  • St. Louis hosts the Blue Jays at 7:15 p.m. CDT tonight. Brandon Morrow (3-4, 5.02) takes the ball for Toronto, matching up with Cards right-hander Jake Westbrook (6-4, 5.16).
  • The Reds travel to Baltimore for a three-game set with the O's, starting at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Scheduled to start: for the Reds, Edinson Volquez (4-3, 5.61); for the Orioles, Chris Jakubauskas (2-0, 5.14).
  • The BoSox invade PNC Park, as the Pirates try to climb above .500 at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. In game one, Boston's Jon Lester (9-3, 3.70) takes on Paul Maholm (3-8, 3.29).
  • It's a match up of AAA clubs in Kansas City this weekend, as the Cubs and Royals start a three-game series at the K at 7:10 p.m. CDT. Ryan Dempster (5-6, 5.46) is on the bump for the Cubs, while the Fightin' Yosties send Bruce Chen (4-1, 3.59) to the hill.
  • The Rays continue their tour of NL Central ballparks by traveling to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros. At 7:05 p.m. CDT tonight, James Shields (7-4, 2.40) takes on Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 2.88).