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Sunday's Games:

Brewers 3 Cardinals 2

Astros 5 Reds 6

Cubs 5 Phillies 1

Pirates 3 Braves 4

Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 14 8 5-5 L1
Reds 11 11 3.0 7-3 W2
Brewers 10 12 4.0 4-6 W1
Pirates 9 12 4.5 5-5 L1
Cubs 8 14 6.0 5-5 W1
Astros 8 14 6.0 4-6 L2

News and Notes:

Astros:

  • Brian Bixler has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Sunday's starter Jordan Lyles has also been optioned to Oklahoma City to make room for infielder Marwin Gonzalez who is returning from the paternity list.
  • Carlos Lee was not in Sunday's lineup but is expected to return this week. Lee suffered a sprained ankle in last Friday's win over the Reds.
  • With the season Houston is expected to have their fans need something to look forward to.

Cardinals:

Cubs:

  • With Ryan Dempster set to return soon from the disabled list, the fate of Randy Wells remains up in the air. Wells hopes to stay on the big league roster, but his early performances haven't endeared him to doing so.
  • A catcher controversy appears to be developing on the north side. Wellington Castillo was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday after Steve Clevenger was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
  • Edgar Gonzalez, an infielder at Triple-A Iowa, has been released by the club.

Pirates:

Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers are in (presumably) sunny southern California to begin a series against the San Diego Padres tonight at 9:05 p.m. CDT. Randy Wolf (1-2) will start for the Crew. Twenty-two year old right hander Joe Wieland (0-3) will take the hill for the Friars, looking for his first MLB win.

The Astros welcome the Mets to Minute Maid Park to begin a three game series. Bud Norris (1-1) is scheduled to start for the Astros against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-1). Game time in Houston is set for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

The Cardinals have an off day today before beginning a three game series against the Pirates in St. Louis tomorrow night.

The Cubs wrap up their series against the Phillies with a game in Philadelphia set for 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Chris Volstad (0-3) will take the mound still looking for his first win as a Cub. The Phils counter with Vance Worley (2-1).

The Reds have an off day today. They will begin a series against the Cubs with game one scheduled for tomorrow night.