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Around the NL Central

Thursday's Game:

Reds 5 Giants 6

Standings:

W L GB Last 10

Streak

Cardinals 12 7 - 6-4 W1
Reds 9 10 3.0 6-4 L1
Brewers 9 10 3.0 5-5 L1
Pirates 8 10 3.5 6-4 W1
Astros 7 12 5.0 3-7 W1
Cubs 6 13 6.0 3-7 L1

News and Notes:

Astros:

Cardinals:

  • ...trying hardest to avoid annoying clever Lance Lynn wordplay...
  • Cardinals Q & A from mlb.com featuring Chris Carpenter, Allen Craig, and the Cards' bullpen

Cubs:

  • Is Anthony Rizzo the guy who will make the Cubs relevant again?
  • Can Bryan LaHair keep up his hot start? Is he blocking the aforementioned Rizzo? Find out here.
  • Starter Jeff Samardzija has looked good early on and the Cubs are keeping a close eye on him as the season progresses.

Pirates:

Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers are in St. Louis to begin a three game weekend series against the Cardinals. In Friday's opener, which is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CDT, Yovani Gallardo (1-1) looks to shut down Jake Westbrook (2-1) and the rest of the Cardinals line-up in the Crew's first visit to Busch Stadium of the year.

The Astros and Reds meet for the first time in 2012 in tonight's 6:10 p.m. CDT game in Cincinnati. Wandy Rodriguez (1-2) will start for Houston and Mike Leake (0-2) will start for the Reds looking for his first victory of the year.

The Chicago Cubs are in Philadelphia and will begin a series against the Phillies with a game tonight scheduled to get under way at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Cubs starter Paul Maholm (1-2) looks to even up his record on the year. He will need to be on top of his game as he is opposed by Roy Halladay (3-1) who will take the mound for the Phils.

The Pirates and Braves begin a a four game series in Atlanta's Turner Field tonight with a game set for 6:35 p.m. CDT. A.J. Burnett (1-0) looks to improve his early season record for the Bucs. Young righty Tommy Hanson (2-2) looks to get above .500 with a win against the PIrates tonight.