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NL Central Watch: July 5

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

The Brewers reportedly are restructuring their offer for Indians ace C.C. Sabathia, a move that could open the field for the Cubs and other contenders in the derby for the ace left-hander. Meanwhile, there is concern struggling setup man Guillermo Mota is tipping his pitches.

The Cardinals are expected to activate shortstop Cesar Izturis before their series finale Sunday against the Cubs. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz admits Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium made the right call be giving the Cubs’ Jim Edmonds a warm welcome-back greeting (at least, the right call by Cubs standards). Meanwhile, broadcaster Joe Buck apologized for his ill-advised shots at baseball. Fox Sports’ lead baseball voice had said on ESPN radio that he ‘‘barely’’ watched baseball on TV anymore, adding, ‘‘as far as sitting down and watching a sporting event, that’s just not part of my day, it’s not part of my night. I’ll be honest with you, watching ‘The Bachelorette’ is.’’

Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, the 2006 National League batting champion, is stuck in the worst slump of his career.

Check back later for updates.

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Uh, maybe you should read the entire article. I'm pretty sure that Bernie was being sarcastic.

Follow both Chi teams. Lean towards chisox,but if cubs stick with Wood as closer they deserve the fate of looking up at Brewers or Cards at end of year. Kerry choke again today!He's blown 5 games at halfway point. You can't have your closer blowing that many games. Cubs should go after a legit closer & a starter to keep up its lead in central.Sox have issues too,but will take sox pen over cubs .Wood had allot to do with cubs choke job in 03 & for cubs to stick with him I can only write lots of luck.

Not to nitpick or anything, but if you actually read Bernie's columns, it's pretty clear that he's being facetious with his "apology." He still (rightly) thinks that its unfair to the Cardinals current CF (and his game-winning single) to give a standing ovation to "the enemy."

Wood may have blown one today and did blow a few early, but you might notice the 12 straight in which he has been mostly lights out. He is one of the top closers in the National League right now.

About Joe Buck. Why does this person have a job in sports. I understand that nepotism is rampant in the field, and that Thom Brennaman and Skip and Chip Caray are weak, but Buck and his nasal inanities are outgrageous. Oh for the days when the national networks had professionals such as Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek, men who knew baseball and knew how to announce it. Now we are stuck with Buck on Saturday and Joe Morgan on Sunday. Guess we will have to turn down the sound more often!

Hey,Joe A., evidently not many agree with you about Kerry Wood because he wll be at the all-star game. Every closer blows one occasionally, and finding a better closer than Wood would be a tough task. If he stays healthy, he may end up as another Eckersly.

Hey,Joe A., evidently not many agree with you about Kerry Wood because he wll be at the all-star game. Every closer blows one occasionally, and finding a better closer than Wood would be a tough task. If he stays healthy, he may end up as another Eckersley.

Why would we want Randy Wolf from the Padres? The Cubs should take a long look at getting Greg Maddux from the Padres. The Padres are in the basement, and for them Maddux is a highly paid older pitcher. For the Cubs, Maddux is a Chicago favorite with tons of valuable experience and a season ERA of 3.52 going into his start in Colorado. I think he would be the perfect starter to add to this staff.

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