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Around the NL Central: Baseball Is Back In Milwaukee!

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Friday's Action:

Brewers 5 Cardinals 11

Well, lets hope that the season ends on a better note than it began. I don't have the stomach to get into the details, for that I can point you here, but in a nutshell Yo struggled, the offense was okay, if not spectacular, and the Cardinals' bats continued to pound out the hits. The only good news: it's only one of 162.

Astros 3 Rockies 5

In the only other action involving a team from the division the Houston Astros lost to the Colorado Rockies in the home opener at Minute Maid Park. The mostly young Astros were led by the mostly old Carlos Lee who powered the offense going 2-for-3 with a home run and driving in two. Brian Bogusevic followed Lee's 4th inning home run with a solo shot of his own accounting for the other Houston run. The Rockies offense was led by Troy Tulowitzki who had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI. Former Twin and new Rockie Michael Cuddyer also had a big day at the plate with two hits, one RBI, and a stolen base.

News and Notes:

Astros:

Cardinals:

Cubs:

Pirates:

Reds:

Here are the updated NL Central standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 2 0 - 2-0 W2
Reds 1 0 0.5 1-0 W1
Cubs 0 1 1.5 0-1 L1
Astros 0 1 1.5 0-1 L1
Brewers 0 1 1.5 0-1 L1
Pirates 0 1 1.5 0-1 L1

On Tap:

The Brewers resume their series with Cardinals at 3:05 CDT, airing nationally on FOX. Zach Greinke takes the hill against the Cards and Adam Wainwright, who is making his first start since 2010.

The Cubs face the Nationals at 12:05 CDT. Genius Matt Garza will look to stymie the Nats' bats while new National Gio Gonzalez will look to quiet the Cubs.

Twenty-six year old Astros starter Lucas Harrell faces the Rockies and 49-year-old Jamie Moyer at 6:05 CDT.

The Pirates and Phillies continue their intrastate series at 6:05 CDT. After facing Roy Halladay in the opener things don't get much easier for the Pirates offense as they and starter Jeff Karstens face lefty Cliff Lee.

Mat Latos makes his Reds debut against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins at 6:10 CDT in the sandwich game of their three game series.