NL Central Watch: June 23

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

If things go well tonight in a tuneup at Class AAA, Mark Mulder is expected to rejoin the Cardinals rotation in time for a start Saturday against the Royals. And if you think a 13-inning loss to the Red Sox was deflating for the Cards, think again.

As Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt points out, the Brewers won for 15th time in 21 games Sunday, just to remind the Cubs theyre there, and attracting 3 million fans is suddenly realistic.

Astros closer Jose Valverde asked manager Cecil Cooper for a rest recently, leading to a blown save when veteran Doug Brocail was pressed into ninth-inning duty.

Check back later for updates.

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Dylan Cease was named American League Pitcher of the Month for June on Saturday.
A petition organized the Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) will ask the city next week to revoke licenses for No. 18 Karaoke Bar.
Griner is 135 days into her detainment in Russia and one day into her trial on drug charges, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“It’s just standing on it, trusting it and throwing with what I have that day,” Kopech said.
In fatal attacks this weekend, a woman was killed and a gunman was among two others wounded in a shootout Friday night in Chinatown, Chicago police said.