News and Notes:
- All loses are not created equal. Just ask the Houston Astros who were the victims of Matt Cain's perfect game.
- The Pirates have signed a handful of picks from this month's earlier first year player draft.
- Injured Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto is on the return trail and could be back with the big league club as soon as Monday.
- First base prospect Anthony Rizzo suffered a bruised knee in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game, which kept him out of the lineup yesterday as well. The injury isn't serious and Rizzo is listed as day to day.
- In other Cubs injury news Ian Stewart was a scratch for yesterday night's game due to tenderness in his left wrist, an issue that has plagued the third baseman all season.
- The recent flu stricken Reds are feeling much better today. Stretching their division lead probably helps too.
- Astros bench coach Joe Pettini has been chosen by NL All-Star manager Tony La Russa to hold the same position in this year's mid summer classic. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will also be a member of La Russa's staff.
- A number of Astros are on the mend and nearing a return to action.
- The same is true for Cardinals utility man Skip Schumaker.
- Injured right-hander Chris Carpenter threw off a mound for the first time since being shut down in Spring Training due to right shoulder issues.
- Rookie right-hander Lance Lynn struck out a career high 12, and the most by a Cardinal in over two years, in yesterday's victory over the White Sox.
- Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for again making my job easier.
- Don't call it a come back: Former Brewer Ben Sheets is apparently ready to return the the big leagues.
|Away||Home||Time||Away Probable||Home Probable|
|Brewers||Royals||7:10||Shawn Marcum (5-3)||Luke Hochevar (3-7)|
|Astros||Giants||2:45||Wandy Rodriguez (5-4)||Barry Zito (5-3)|
|White Sox||Cardinals||7:15||Gavin Floyd (4-6)||Jake Westbrook (4-6)|
|Tigers||Cubs||1:20||Justin Verlander (5-4)||Travis Wood (0-2)|
|Pirates||Orioles||6:05||Erik Bedard (4-6)||Tommy Hunter (2-3)|
|Indians||Reds||11:35||Josh Tomlin (3-3)||Mike Leake (2-5)|