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NL Central Watch: July 8

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

Brewers manager Ned Yost has already penciled in the one-two punch of Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia for the four-game series against the Cubs that closes July. Not waiting on making the Sabathia deal is huge. The lefty will start tonight against the Rockies, the first of five potential starts before the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline. This deal is being compared to the Aug. 30 trade of Hall of Famer Don Sutton to the Brewers, an acquisition that helped them reach the World Series in 1982, which is also the last time the Brewers reached the playoffs. General manager Doug Melvin sent a message with the splashy move: ‘‘We're going for it.’’

Lost in all the hoopla in Milwaukee was the move that put starter Jeff Suppan on the disabled list.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a look at the pitching powerhouse that is the NL Central. Meanwhile, pitcher Adam Wainwright could begin a throwing program this week.

The Astros are looking to get ace Roy Oswalt back Friday for a start against the Nationals.

Check back later for updates.

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