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Around the NL Central

Thursday's Game:

Pirates 2 Nationals 4

Standings:

Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 20 11 - 6-4 W4
Reds 16 14 3.5 7-3 W1
Pirates 14 17 6.0 5-5 L1
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:

  • With the First Year Player Draft just under a month away, and the Astros holding the No. 1 pick, let the speculation begin.
  • Notes from the Houston Chronicle including: Meyers the closer, Weiland's rehab, and the slumping J.D. Martinez.
  • Ozzie Guillen just can't keep his mouth shut. Is everyone else as sick and tired of him as I am?

Cardinals:

Cubs:

Pirates:

Reds:

On Tap:

After a relatively quiet Thursday the division kicks back into gear today.

The Brewers and Cubs battle to get out of the basement of the division in their weekend series in Milwaukee. Game one is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CDT tonight. Randy Wolf (2-3) will start for the Crew against Matt Garza (2-1) and the Cubs.

The Astros are in Pittsburgh to begin a weekend series against the Pirates. Bud Norris (2-1) and James McDonald (2-1) will square off in tonight's game, which is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

The Cardinals welcome the Braves to St. Louis to begin their series at 7:15 p.m. CDT tonight. Jamie Garcia (2-2) is scheduled to start for the Cards. Mike Minor (2-2) will take the hill for the Braves.

The Reds welcome the Nationals to Cincinnati to begin a three game weekend series. In tonight's game, which is scheduled to get under way at 6:10 p.m. CDT, Gio Gonzalez (3-1) will start for the Nats. Mike Leake (0-4) will start for the Reds looking for his first win on the year.