Starlin Castro confirmed a CSNChicago.com report Friday that his agent, Paul Kinzer, is working with the team on reaching a long-term contract extension. Castro originally signed with the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 2006. Castro enters Game 2 hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs this season. The 22-year-old is a year removed from leading the National League in hits with 207. "I want to be here, I want to be with the team for a long time," Castro said. "I want to be on this team my whole career. I don't want to go nowhere. I want to finish my career here. That's why I tell my agent I want to be here. I want to help the team." Soriano notched his 1,000th career RBI with his two-run homer off Cueto in Game 1. He becomes the sixth player in baseball history to record 1,000 RBIs, 400 doubles, 350 home runs, and 250 stolen bases, joining Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield. Soriano has driven in 12 runs over his last 13 games. Reds: Votto yet to resume baseball activities
One week after undergoing a minor procedure to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, first baseman Joey Votto still hasn't resumed baseball activities. On the disabled list since July 17, the Reds have yet to announce when Votto could return. But in the meantime, Cincinnati is 22-9 since Votto's injury, the best record in baseball over that span. "I'll probably advance to baseball stuff at some point," Votto said. "I'm not sure when, because they haven't specifically told me yet. We're getting a lot of good stuff done in the pool." Worth noting
Chicago's loss in Game 1 extended its road losing streak to eight games, dating back to July 25. Redmond's start will snap Cincinnati's 120-game streak of using the same five starters all year.