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NL Central Watch: July 5

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, thats just not part of my day, its not part of my night. Ill 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.