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Wednesday's Action:

Brewers 1 Reds 2

Astros 3 Marlins 5

Cardinals 7 Diamondbacks 2

Cubs 1 Braves 0

Pirates 4 Nationals 2

Standings:

Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 20 11 - 6-4 W4
Reds 16 14 3.5 7-3 W1
Pirates 14 16 5.5 5-5 W2
Astros 14 17 6.0 6-4 L1
Cubs 13 18 7.0 6-4 W1
Brewers 13 18 7.0 4-6 L1

News and Notes:

Astros:

  • In a season where they have played above their head so far and expectations remain low, the Astros can still be expected to be sellers this summer.
  • Aneury Rodriguez must be getting used to the trip between Houston and Oklahoma City. Rodriguez was immediately sent back to Triple-A after his start Tuesday night to make room for the returning Rhiner Cruz.

Cardinals:

  • A cross up with reliever Mitchell Boggs in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game resulted in a bruised hand for catcher Yadier Molina.

Cubs:

Pirates:

  • When your club is spurred to a possible hot streak by Rod Barajas you have definitely seen better days.

Reds:

On Tap:

Today is a pretty slow day around the division.

The Brewers have a day off after losing two-of-three against the Reds before welcoming the Cubs to Miller Park for a series beginning tomorrow.

The Astros finished up a home stand yesterday and will begin a road trip starting tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals also have a day off today. They return home and begin a series against the Braves tomorrow.

Continuing the trend, the Cubs also have an off day today. They start a weekend series at Miller Park tomorrow.

Hey, the Pirates actually play today! They wrap up their series against the Nationals with a game beginning tonight at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Kevin Correia (1-2) is scheduled to pitch for Pittsburgh. Steven Strausburg (2-0) will make the start for the Nats.

The Reds are off today before beginning a series against the Washington Nationals tomorrow night in Cincinnati.