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Around the NL Central: July 22 Edition

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News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Milwaukee fell back into a first-place tie in the Central after its 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks last night. Zack Greinke was good, Ian Kennedy was better, and the Crew's hitters were bad. Need to know more? Here's our recap.
  • St. Louis avoided the sweep in the Big Apple, downing the Mets by a score of 6-2 yesterday afternoon. The Cards jumped on Mets starter Jon Niese in the first inning when Albert Pujols politely swatted his 21st homer to left field, scoring Jon Jay.  The game then got blown open in a three-run St. Louis fifth inning that featured a couple of Met throwing errors: the first came from first baseman Lucas Duda, who airmailed a throw attempting to initiate a double play, and the second came when Angel Pagan overshot everybody on Jon Jay's single to center. Jake Westbrook picked up his eighth win with eight stellar innings: four hits, two earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts.
  • Everybody else -- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Houston -- had the day off.

Your updated standings for July 22:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Brewers 53 47 -- 6-4 L1
Pirates 51 45 -- 6-4 L1
Cardinals 51 47 1.0 4-6 W1
Reds 48 50 4.0 4-6 W1
Cubs 39 60 13.5 3-7 L2
Astros 33 65 19.0 3-7 W2


On tap for tonight:

  • The Crew opens a three-game series against the NL West-leading Giants at 9:15 p.m. CDT, and it's a dandy of a pitching matchup in game one: Shaun Marcum (8-3, 3.39) takes on Matt Cain (8-5, 2.99).
  • The Pirates and Cardinals start a three-game set in the Steel City at 6:05 p.m. CDT.  Your scheduled starters are Paul Maholm (6-9, 3.06) and Chris Carpenter (5-7, 3.69).
  • The Reds welcome the Braves to town at 6:10 p.m. CDT. On the bump for the Reds is right-hander Bronson Arroyo (7-8, 5.57); Atlanta counters with wonderboy Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.26).
  • In the battle of the basement, the Cubs and the Astros have a matinee contest at Wrigley Field at 1:20 p.m. CDT. Bud Norris (5-6, 3.59) will take on Carlos Zambrano (6-5, 4.78), provided Zambrano doesn't strain anything on the jog in from the bullpen.