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Around the NL Central: The Weekend is Here!

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Friday's Action:

Brewers 3 Rockies 4

Astros 1 Dodgers 3

Cardinals 4 Pirates 1

Cubs 4 Reds 9

Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 10 4 - 7-3 W1
Reds 6 8 4.0 4-6 W2
Brewers 6 8 4.0 4-6 L2
Pirates 5 8 4.5 3-7 L1
Astros 5 9 5.0 2-8 L1
Cubs 3 11 7.0 2-8 L6

News and Notes:

Astros:

St. Louis Cardinals:

Chicago Cubs:

  • Kerry Wood has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue. The Cubs have brought up Scott Maine to replace him on the active roster.
  • In other injury related news Ryan Dempster had an MRI on his right quad on Friday putting his scheduled start on Sunday in jeopardy. If he cannot make it the club will recall Randy Wells from Triple-A Iowa to make the start.
  • Sure they may be 3-11 and dealing with injuries but their poor start could be a blessing in disguise. Also, despite the early losing, Manager Dale Sveum says morale remains high.
  • Here is the All-Star Chicago Cubs ballot.

Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cincinnati Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers and Rockies continue their weekend series on Saturday with a game at 6:10 p.m. CDT at Miller Park. Drew Pomeranz (0-1) will take the mound for the Rockies looking for his first win of the season. Chris Narveson was scheduled to make the start for the Crew before he was placed on the disabled list. Marco Estrada (0-0) will fill in and make the start for Milwaukee.

The Astros will send Kyle Weiland (0-2) to the mound to face Clayton Kershaw (0-0) and the Dodgers. Game time in Houston is 6:05 p.m. CDT.

The Cardinals and Pirates play game two in Pittsburgh at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Jake Westbrook (2-0) and Kevin Correia (1-0) both look to remain unbeaten on the young season.

The Cubs and Reds will meet at Wrigley Field in a game scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CDT. Paul Maholm (0-2) and Mike Leake (0-1) are both looking for their first win of the year.