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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I have a temporary tattoo of a baseball that will be going away. I'll be fine. I've been hit in much worse spots, spots where you really don't come back as fast. I'll be able to go out there and pitch in five days."

-- Phillies ace Cole Hamels, on the after effects of being hit with a line drive off the bat of Prince Fielder

Brewers 6, Phillies 1
Oh, so close to a first no-hitter of the season. And we should all grant Milwaukee's Dave Bush this: When he gives up a hit, he does so with dramatic flair. After all, if you're going to lose a no hitter in the eighth inning, it might as well be on a homer.

Cardinals 12, Mets 8
He kept up the veneer of a solid starter until yesterday, but the curtain finally came down on Livan Hernandez to the tune of seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three homers, including two from Albert Pujols, and the Mets' skid reached drastic proportions right as the Cardinals finished a sweep to hit a serious stride. The question now is whether Hernandez and John Maine will get another start to get things right, or whether 12 runs from the Cards may actually be a KO in itself.

Reds 7, Cubs 1

Maybe Aaron Harang really is back to his 2007 self rather than his 2008 incarnation. The Reds ace held a potent Cubs lineup to a single run in seven innings ... at Wrigley Field ... to round off an impressive 7-3 road trip for Cincinnati. Suddenly, the NL Central seems as open as just about any other division in baseball, and the Cubs' vaunted rotation -- as strong as any in baseball a year ago -- seems pretty vulnerable. Or at least it's vulnerable to Joey Votto and the Reds' power hitters.

Dodgers 2, Astros 0
It wasn't going to be a sweep, at least if Chad Billingsley had anything to do with it. The Dodgers starter went eight innings with just three hits, putting his stamp on L.A.'s win in Houston to improve to 4-0 on the season. If you'd guessed that Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw, the team's young guns, would be leading the line for the starting rotation, you might have received some curious glances. The win overshadowed a strong start from Wandy Rodriguez, which is a trend that may actually be as encouraging for Houston as the prior two days' wins were.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 24, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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