First number, last word

23-9: Edinson Volquez's lifetime record against NL Central teams, entering his Sunday start against the Cardinals.

"I refuse to talk about the weather. Growing up, I felt older people always talked about the weather -- and that I'd become one if I did." -- Hurdle, when asked about Sunday's forecast of heavy rains in the St. Louis area.

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