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Around the NL Central

Thursday's Action:

Cardinals 3 Pirates 6

Cubs 3 Reds 4

Standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 16 9 - 6-4 L1
Reds 12 12 3.5 6-4 W1
Astros 11 14 5.0 6-4 W3
Brewers 11 14 5.0 4-6 L2
Pirates 11 14 5.0 5-5 W1
Cubs 9 16 7.0 5-5 L1

News and Notes:

Astros:

Cardinals:

Cubs:

Pirates:

  • His early record (2-4) may not be that great (cementing the belief that there are so many better ways to evaluate pitcher performance than W-L record) but Erik Bedard has pitched well to begin the year for the Pirates. Not a bad FA signing for the Bucs.

Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers begin a series in San Francisco tonight with a game against the Giants scheduled for 9:15 p.m. CDT. In a series that should feature some quality pitching match-ups game one will see Zack Greinke (3-1) face off against Tim Lincecum (2-2).

The Astros welcome divisional foe St. Louis to Minute Maid Park for a weekend series. In tonight's game, scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. CDT start, Lucak Harrell (1-2) will start for the Astros against Kyle Lohse (4-0) and the Cardinals.

The Cubs begin a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Paul Maholm (2-2) and Chad Billingsley (2-1) are the scheduled starters. Game time in Chicago is set for 1:20 p.m. CDT.

In a match-up of NL Central rivals the Pirates will entertain the Reds for a weekend series in Pittsburgh. Game time for tonight's game is set for 6:05 p.m. CDT. Kevin Correia (1-1) will make the start for the Pirates and Johnny Cueto (3-0) will take the hill for the Reds looking to continue his strong start.