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NL Central Watch: April 14

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

A steroid cloud is once again hovering over the first-place Cardinals. A New York Times report Sunday detailed third baseman Troy Glaus' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. For their part, the Cardinals are calling this a dead issue.

The Cardinals clearly are more focused on the present than the past. And in the present, they are the surprise leaders in the Central. Cardinals pitchers are leading the league with a 2.63 ERA and the Cardinals' offense is tied for second with 40 runs. The Cardinals' bullpen was supposed to be a source of concern, but Cardinals relievers have issued the fewest walks in the NL with four in 20 innings. Cubs relievers are tied with the Reds and Braves for the league-league with 15 in 21 innings.

Thanks to a tweak to his delivery, former Cub Todd Wellemeyer kept the Diamondbacks off-balance Monday night.

Speaking of walks, they once again got the best -- or worst -- of a Brewers pitcher in a 7-6 loss to the Reds.

Meanwhile, the Reds are working to land the 2013 All-Star Game. This year's All-Star Game will be played in St. Louis.

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