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Saturdays Action:

Brewers 1 Braves 2

Astros 5 Marlins 4

Cardinals 5 Cubs 1

Pirates 3 Giants 4

Reds 1 Nationals 4

News and Notes:

Houston Astros:

St. Louis Cardinals:

  • Friday's home opener and all the festivities at Busch Stadium was delayed by rain. I guess it's okay to rain on the Cardinals' parade.
  • Yeah... not sure I buy this.
  • Third baseman David Freese, who is off to a hot start on the young season, was scratched from the line-up for Saturday afternoon's game.
  • First baseman Lance Berkman is likely to be out of action for the remainder of the series against the Cubs due to a lingering left calf injury.

Chicago Cubs:

Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cincinnati Reds:

NL Central standings through Saturday's games:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 6 3 - 6-3 W1
Astros 4 4 1.5 4-4 W1
Brewers 4 5 2.0 4-5 L3
Cubs 3 6 3.0 3-6 L1
Reds 3 6 3.0 3-6 L3
Pirates 2 6 3.5 2-6 L5

Sunday's Tap:

The Brewers look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Braves and send Chris Narveson to the mound. The Braves counter with young righty Brandon Beachy. Game time in Atlanta is 12:35 p.m. CDT.

Houston will wrap up their series in Miami with a game against the Marlins at 12:10 p.m. CDT. The Astros will send J.A. Happ to the mound and will oppose Anibal Sanchez who will take the ball for the Marlins.

The Cardinals and Cubs play the rubber game of their three game set in St. Louis at 1:15 p.m. CDT. Jake Westbrook and Paul Maholm are the probable starters.

The Pirates and Giants will finish their series in the City by the Bay with a game scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CDT. Kevin Correia is scheduled to start for the Bucs. Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled to make his first regular season start for the Giants after beginning the year on the disabled list for San Francisco.

Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds will take on Ross Detwiler and the Washington Nationals in the series finale in Washington. Game time is set for 12:35 p.m. CDT.