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Tuesday's Action:

Brewers 9 Astros 6

Cardinals 2 Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Pirates 5 Rockies 4

Reds 9 Giants 2

Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 11 7 - 6-4 L2
Brewers 9 9 2.0 5-5 W2
Reds 8 9 2.5 5-5 W2
Pirates 7 9 3.0 5-5 W1
Cubs 6 12 5.0 3-7 W2
Astros 6 12 5.0 2-8 L2

News and Notes:

Astros:

  • Our SB Nation friends as Crawfish Boxes take a look at how clutch, if at all, the current Astros roster is.
  • For those who saw yesterday's game this moment is one that clearly stands out.
  • The Astros aren't expected to do much this season but, even so, fans shouldn't be too hasty to see how their minor league talent stands up to MLB action.

Cardinals:

Cubs:

Pirates:

  • Pedro Alvarez hasen't impressed but is he the biggest draft bust in draft history?
  • Right hander Jeff Karstens, recently placed on the 15-day disabled list, is not expected to miss more time due to his sore right shoulder.

Reds:

  • Reliever Bill Bray has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. JJ Hoover, who joined the Reds earlier this month in a trade from the Atlanta Braves, has been called up to replace Bray on the active roster.

On Tap:

The Brewers and Astros finish up their series at Miller park this afternoon with a game starting at 12:10 p.m. CDT. Shaun Marcum (1-1) takes the mound looking to continue his early success. J.A. Happ (1-1) will start for Houston. Milwaukee is looking to sweep the series and win their 12th straight overall against the Astros.

The Cardinals and Cubs wrap up their series today in a game where Lance Lynn (3-0) looks to remain unbeaten on the year. Chris Volstad (0-2), on the other hand, is looking to pick up his first victory. Game time at Wrigley Field is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CDT.

The Pirates and Rockies will play a double header today to make up for Monday's rain out. Game one is scheduled for a 11:35 a.m. CDT start. Juan Nicasio (1-0) and James McDonald (0-1) are the scheduled starters. In game two, which is scheduled to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one, Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) and Charlie Morton (0-1) both look to even their early season records.

The Reds and Giants meet in Cincinnati in the middle game of their three game set. Barry Zito (1-0) will make the start for San Francisco while Bronson Arroyo (1-0) will take the mound for Cincinnati. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT.