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Around the NL Central: Abbreviated Version

Action from Friday:

Brewers 8 Braves 10

Astros 4 Marlins 5 (11 innings)

Cardinals 5 Cubs 9

Pirates 0 Giants 5

Reds 1 Nationals 2 (13 innings)

News and Notes:

Houston Astros:

St. Louis Cardinals:

Chicago Cubs:

Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cincinnati Reds:

  • news and notes from mlb.com, including fill in Willie Harris, Devin "you-won't-like-me-when-I'm-angry" Mesoraco, a restful day for Zach Cozart (I wonder if he got to take in the sights on his day off), and the slightly injured Brandon Phillips (his new contract should help make him feel better).


Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 5 3 - 5-3 L2
Brewers 4 4 1.0 4-4 L2
Astros 3 4 1.5 3-4 L3
Cubs 3 5 2.0 3-5 W2
Reds 3 5 2.0 3-5 L2
Pirates 2 5 2.5 2-5 L4

On Tap:

The Brewers continue their series against the team that left Milwaukee for Atlanta in 1966. Shaun Marcum (1-0) looks to move to 2-0 on the year as he takes on Mike Minor (0-1) and the Braves in a game that is set to get underway at 6:10 p.m. CDT.

The Astros and Marlins face off in game two of their series in Miami at 6:10 p.m. CDT. Bud Norris (0-0) and Carlos Zambrano (0-0) are the scheduled starters.

In St. Louis the Cardinals and Cubs continue their series in game two of a three game set at 12:05 p.m. CDT. Lance Lynn (1-0) takes the hill for the Cards and is opposed by Chris Volstad (0-0), who is looking for his first win as a Cub.

Pittsburgh looks to get their offense back on track against the Giants after being one hit in Friday's game. Charlie Morton (0-0) is scheduled to make his first MLB start of the year. Morton will take on Barry Zito (1-0) in a game scheduled to get under way at 8:05 p.m. CDT.

Homer Bailey (0-1) and the Reds continue their first series on the road against Edwin Jackson (0-0) and the Nationals in the nation's capital. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m. CDT this afternoon.

Sorry for the abbreviated post... a combination of school and work has me absolutely swamped this weekend.