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Around the NL Central

Friday's Games:

Brewers 1 Cardinals 13

Astros 6 Reds 4

Cubs 5 Phillies 1

Pirates 1 Braves 6

Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 13 7 - 6-4 W2
Reds 9 11 4.0 5-5 L2
Brewers 9 11 4.0 5-5 L2
Pirates 8 11 4.5 5-5 L1
Astros 8 12 5.0 4-6 W2
Cubs 7 13 6.0 4-6 W1

News and Notes:

Astros:

  • After missing two games after Monday night's collision at home plate, Jason Castro returned to the lineup for yesterday's game.
  • Carlos Lee was forced to leave yesterday's game in the first inning due to a sprained left ankle.
  • Starter Kyle Weiland has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore right shoulder. In other roster moves, infielder Marwin Gonzalez has been placed on the paternity list. Fernando Abad and Brian Bixler have been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take their places on the active roster.

Cardinals:

  • Plenty of Cardinals notes from mlb.com including: Chris Carpenter still out, John Jay returning, an injury update on reliever (and former Brewer) Scott Linebrink, the rehabbing Allen Craig, and what to do at second base.
  • Not to be outdone, the Post-Dispatch also has information on the clubs' injuries, rehabs, and returning players.

Cubs:

  • The club has set a target return date for injured reliever Kerry Wood.
  • Along with Wood, injured starter Ryan Dempster is also making progress in his rehab of his ailing quad.
  • First year starter Jeff Samardzija will get an extra day of rest before his next start.
  • I wonder if this will affect the marriage... or the running of our country.

Pirates:

  • Bad news for top prospect Josh Bell. Bell will likely be out for most of the remainder of the minor league season.
  • Good news for Brewer (and other NL Central teams' fans).

Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers look to bounce back in game two against the Cardinals in St. Louis this afternoon. Marco Estrada (0-0) will start for the Crew. The Cardinals turn to Kyle Lohse (3-0) who is looking to extend his unbeaten run to start the year. Game time is set for 12:05 p.m. CDT.

The Astros and Reds play this afternoon in Cincinnati in a game beginning at 3:10 p.m. CDT. Lucas Harrell (1-1) will start for Houston and Johnny Cueto (2-0) is set to take the hill for Cincinnati.

After facing and defeating Roy Halladay yesterday the Cubs should be feeling good. Not only are they coming off a win but they will face Joe Blanton (1-3), the weak link in the Phils starting rotation. The Cubs counter with Randy Wells (0-0) who is looking for his first victory of the year. Game time in the City of Brotherly Love is 6:05 p.m. CDT.

The Pirates will send 0-4 Erik Bedard to the mound against the Braves hoping he can pick up his first win of the season. The Braves will counter with young righty Randall Delgado (2-1). Tonight's game in Atlanta is set to get under way at 6:10 p.m. CDT.