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Around the NL Central: Jorge Soler, Spittballs, and the First Place Pirates

Standings:
Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Reds 32 27 - 4-6 L2
Pirates 32 27 - 8-2 W4
Cardinals 31 30 2.0 4-6 L1
Brewers 28 32 4.5 6-4 W1
Astros 26 34 6.5 4-6 W1
Cubs 20 40 12.5 2-8 W1


News and Notes:

  • The Cubs have won the Jorge Soler sweepstakes, signing the 20-year old Cuban outfielder to a nine year, $30 million contract.
  • Chicago has also come to terms with their first supplemental round pick, right-hander Pierce Johnson.
  • Cincinnati reliever Bill Bray is on a rehab assignment at Class-A Dayton.
  • Did Jose Valverde cheat in Detroit's Sunday night comeback win over the Reds?
  • Tanner Rahier, the Reds' second round pick, has signed at full slot. The Reds took the high school shortstop with the No. 78 pick.
  • Pittsburgh has signed their second round pick, catcher Wyatt Mathisen.
  • Matt Klassen at FanGraphs has a look at the season so far for the tied-for-first-place Pirates.

On Tap:

Away Home Time Away Probable Home Probable
Brewers Royals 7:10 Zach Greinke (7-2) Luis Mendoza (2-3)
Astros Giants 9:15 Bud Norris (5-3) Madision Bumgarner (7-4)
White Sox Cardinals 7:15 Adam Wainwright (5-6) Jose Quintana (1-1)
Tigers Cubs 7:05 Max Scherzer (5-4) Paul Maholm (4-5)
Pirates Orioles 6:05 Brad Lincoln (3-1) Wei-Yin Chen (5-2)
Indians Reds 6:10 Jeanmar Gomez (4-4) Johnny Cueto (6-3)