***** Breaking News *****

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired reliever Scott Linebrink from the Padres in exchange for Joe Thatcher (P), Will Inman (P), and Steve Garrison (P)

I’ll have a full breakdown of this deal on Friday during the midday.

Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Ted Lilly – Lilly is coming off a win over the Giants in which he gave up three runs on six hits and one walk over five innings. His outing was shortened in order to help him stay strong in the second half. He did serve up career homer No. 752 to Barry Bonds, his third off the lefty. Lilly is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four July starts.

Adam Wainwright – Wainwright is finally pitching like he expected to do all along. He’s on a roll, with a 2.86 ERA over his past 11 starts, and he’s doing nearly everything right. Wainwright’s throwing more strikes and allowing fewer homers, he’s getting the ball down, he’s coming at hitters with his full assortment — fastball, curveball, slider/cutter and changeup — he’s a load when he’s going right, and these days, he’s going right.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Adam Wainwright – ESPN Splits

View the game preview from Baseball Reference

Tonight’s Lineups

St. Louis Chicago
D. Eckstein – SS A. Soriano – LF
S. Taguchi – CF R. Theriot – SS
A. Pujols – 1B D. Lee – 1B
J. Encarnacion – RF A. Ramirez – 3B
S. Rolen – 3B C. Floyd – RF
C. Duncan – LF M. Fontenot – 2B
Y. Molina – C J. Jones – CF
B. Ryan – 2B K. Hill – C
A. Wainwright – P T. Lilly – P
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail