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Game Thread #-24: Cubs (4-3) at Brewers (3-6)

So, here we are again with an ever-so-must-win spring training matchup against our rivals from the North Side/Mesa.

Join us after the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on today's game!

Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 7.53 ERA in 2009) might be the best-known fringe starting pitching candidate in all of baseball this season, based largely on his former career as a football player at Notre Dame. As a Cub, he wasn't much to write home about last season, posting a 7.53 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 1.8 home runs per nine over 34.2 innings. He also made 18 appearances for AAA Iowa, posting a 4.35 ERA.

Doug Davis (9-14, 4.12 ERA in 2009), meanwhile, is making his first Cactus League start of 2009 after rains washed away his scheduled appearance on Sunday. Davis has been very good against the Cubs over the course of his career, posting a 3.20 ERA in 16 starts. Today he'll make his first game appearance in a Brewer uniform since September 28, 2006.

Via Tyler Barnes and Carrie Muskat, here are today's lineups:

Cubs Brewers
Starlin Castro SS Rickie Weeks 2B
James Adduci RF Alcides Escobar SS
Derrek Lee 1B Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B Prince Fielder 1B
Tyler Colvin CF Jim Edmonds CF
Alfonso Soriano LF Gregg Zaun C
Bobby Scales 2B Jody Gerut RF
Koyie Hill C Adam Heether 3B
Jeff Samardzija P Doug Davis P

Enjoy the game!