News and Notes:
- Jordan Lyles' back-and-forth trip between Houston and Oklahoma City is over for now as the right-hander will remain in the Astros' starting rotation for the time being.
- Curious about top prospect outfielder George Springer? Here's a recent scouring report.
- MLB Trade Rumors has a look at the upcoming contract situation for the Astros organization.
- Carlos Beltran has had an extremely productive season when he's been on the field. He missed his third straight game yesterday, however. FanGraphs has a closer look at his season to date.
- Allen Craig may have gotten a late start to the year, but he's made the most of his time on the field for the Redbirds.
- Blake DeWitt has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.
- Who needs Anthony Rizzo when you have Brian LeHair?
- I really feel sorry for the players. At least they only have to put up with Wrigley Field for a day.
- Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger are rehabbing from their respective injuries.
- Struggling outfielder Alex Presley has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and have recalled reliever Evan Meek.
- Jeff Karstens felt good after a throwing session yesterday. Karstens has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 18 due to shoulder inflammation.
- Aroldis Chapman: reliever. His role is not expected to change any time soon.
- With Scott Rolen on the disabled list there hasn't been any talk between the Reds and Red Sox about Kevin Youkilis.
- Meanwhile, Todd Fraizer is adapting to his everyday role with the team.
- The 2013 All-Star Game will not be held at Great American Ballpark. Cincinnati was passed over for CITI Field in New York.
The Brewers and Astros finish their short two game mid-week series tonight in Houston at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Shaun Marcum (2-1) is the scheduled starter for the Crew. The Astros will counter with J.A. Happ (2-3) who will look to even up his record with a win in tonight's game.
The Cardinals will also finish their series in San Francisco this afternoon. Adam Wainwright (2-4) will make the start for St. Louis. The Giants will send Matt Cain (2-2) to the mound in the finale at AT&T Park. This afternoon's game is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. CDT.
In Chicago the Cubs and Phillies will also wrap up their short mid-week series tonight with game time scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT. Roy Halladay (3-3) will start for the Phils and looks to get above .500. Cubs' starter Chris Volstad (0-5) is still looking for his first victory as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
The Pirates and Nationals also finish their series today. Tonight's game at Nationals Park will see James McDonald (2-2) and Jordan Zimmermann (2-3) square off. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m. CDT.
The Reds will also finish their series against the New York Mets this afternoon at 12:10 p.m. CDT. Mat Latos (2-2) will start for Cincinnati. R.A. Dickey (5-1) will start for the Mets hoping to add another win to his, and the Mets', impressive start to the season.