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NL Central News and Notes: Alonso, Mesoraco, Garza

NL Central Standings

Milwaukee 81 56 .591 0 Lost 2
St. Louis 72 64 .529 8.5 Won 3
Cincinnati 67 69 .492 13.5 Lost 3
Pittsburgh 62 74 .455 18.5 Lost 4
Chicago 59 78 .430 22 Lost 1
Houston 47 90 .343 34 Won 4

(updated 8.31.2011 at 11:37 PM PDT)


What to do with Yonder Alonso? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Yonder Alonso can hit. A career .393/.30/.466 hitter in the minors, he's hitting a whopping .400/.500/.743 with the Reds this season. Unfortunately he can't really play defense, at least not at a position where the Reds don't have Joey Votto stationed, so he's only gotten 42 plate appearances, as manager Dusty Baker continues to bury him on the bench.

Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco | HardballTalk
The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to's Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco.

Brewers to add three players as rosters expand | News
The Brewers said their list of Sept. 1 callups would be short, and they weren't kidding. The team announced that only three extra players would be in uniform when rosters expand Thursday -- outfielders Carlos Gomez and Logan Schafer and catcher Martin Maldonado.

Cubs Stats | Matt Garza: Chicago Cubs Ace
Since coming to the Chicago Cubs, Matt Garza has moved in the best of all directions: He has increased his strikeouts, reduced his walks, and wrangled his home runs under control (all with respect to his career rates).

Two late notes: Carpenter and Craig " Obviously, You're Not a Golfer
Carpenter still set for Friday: Many fans asked today about the possibility of moving Carpenter back onto regular rest in the event that the Cardinals won the first two games of the series. TLR was asked about it before the game, but once they actually won, it obviously came up again postgame.