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NL Central Watch: July 11

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Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the National League Central.

ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips, former GM of the Mets, says the Cubs still have the edge in the NL Central even after the Brewers landed CC Sabathia. ‘‘Right now, if I’m the Cubs, I don’t trade my starting pitching for anybody else’s starting staff in the game,’’ Phillips said. ‘‘And I don’t trade my bullpen for anybody else’s bullpen in the game.’’ Still, the Brewers feel pretty good about themselves. ‘‘This team,’’ owner Mark Attanasio said, ‘‘has become a national team.’’ Just imagine their excitement if the Brewers were in first place.

Major League Baseball gave Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols the cold shoulder when he asked to be part of the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities next week. The NL squad is set, featuring Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. In this same notebook, the Cards shoot down speculation Barry Bonds will be signed by the team, whih did, at one time more than a year ago, have interest in the slugger.

Reds ace Aaron Harang, who might be trade bait, is expected to return in two weeks after an MRI revealed no major issues with his sore forearm.

Check back later for updates.

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Brewers a national team? Since when? Now the CUBS are a national team!!

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