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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Day:

"I was freezing my butt off. ... It was cold to me. I was sitting beside the heater every inning."

-- Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad, complaining about pitching in mid 50-degree weather in Atlanta.

Marlins 5, Braves 1
Yes, we know it's still early, but it really does look like the Marlins aren't just going to quietly disappear. This time, the member of the young, budding pitching staff to step forward was native Floridian Chris Volstad, who tossed seven innings in a four-hitter for the Marlins, who took an early lead in the NL East race by pushing past new Atlanta picher Javier Vazquez -- who struck out 12 in the loss -- and the Braves.

Reds 6, Brewers 1
Maybe Bronson Arroyo is back to his original NL form? While he hasn't started knocking out home runs of his own in every start, Arroyo did stymie the Milwaukee bats, holding the Brewers to four hits and a single run in six-plus innings. A couple innings and one hit later, and Cincinnati got another game in the win column, a fitting way to celebrate David Weathers's 900th career appearance.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6
Well, it's about time Arizona pulled out a close one. Max Scherzer wasn't perfect in his first start -- he allowed three runs and five hits in five innings -- but, shockingly, he lasted longer than Chris Carptenter, who followed up a vintage performance in a win over the Pirates with only three innings, before he left with a rib cage injury. It'll be important to monitor where Carpenter goes from here, as he's probably more important than any other player -- arguably including Albert Pujols -- to the Cardinals' success.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 15, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
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