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Game Thread #109: Brewers (54-54) at Astros (53-55)

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Current Series

3 game series vs Astros @ Minute Maid Park

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Houston Astros

Friday, Aug 7, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Carlos Villanueva vs Bud Norris

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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It's Carlos Villanueva v. Bud Norris at 7:05. Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on tonight's game!

Bud Norris (1-0, 0.90) has had some significant early success in the major leagues with the Astros, allowing just one earned run in ten innings of major league work. His last time out, he pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits in his first major league start. In AAA, he was 4-9 with a 2.62 ERA in 120 innings for Round Rock.

Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 5.98) is coming off his best outing of the season, five scoreless innings with just two hits in his second start of 2009. He's still in the process of getting stretched out, and will probably be good to go for 85-90 pitches and 6 innings or so tonight.

Frank Catalanotto gets the start tonight in right, and Craig Counsell is back at third (h/t JS):

2B Felipe Lopez
3B Craig Counsell
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Mike Cameron
RF Frank Catalanotto
SS J.J. Hardy
C Jason Kendall
RHP Carlos Villanueva

Enjoy the game!