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Game Thread #-18: Brewers (8-6) at Royals (6-4)

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Fifth place in the Cactus League is on the line today as Chris Narveson takes on Gil Meche.

Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineups and conversation on today's game!

Gil Meche (6-10, 5.09 in 2009) is coming off his worst season in recent memory: his 23 starts and 129 innings were his lowest since 2004, and his 5.09 ERA was his worst since 2005. That's compounded by the fact that he's still owed $24 million over this season and next as part of the 5 year/$55 million deal he signed before the 2007 season. He's pretty hittable (10 H/9 last season), and will walk some batters (4 BB/9 last season as well)

He'll face off against Chris Narveson (2-0, 3.83 in 2009), as he continues to try to make a case to make the team (or someone else's team) out of spring training. Narveson has allowed just one hit in five innings of work this spring, walking two and striking out three. None of his 26 major league appearances have come against the Royals.

Via Tyler Barnes, here's today's Brewer lineup:

Carlos Gomez CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Jody Gerut RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
George Kottaras DH
Adam Stern LF
Matt Treanor C
Joe Inglett 2B

Enjoy the game!