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Matt Clark starting at first base for Brewers

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The Brewers have made a couple changes to their lineup. One was expected, the other not so much.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

MILWAUKEE BREWERS CHICAGO CUBS
Scooter Gennett - 2B Chris Coghlan - LF
Gerardo Parra - RF Javier Baez - SS
Jonathan Lucroy - C Luis Valbuena - 3B
Aramis Ramirez - 3B Jorge Soler - RF
Khris Davis - LF Welington Castillo - C
Matt Clark - 1B Arismendy Alcantara - CF
Logan Schafer - CF Logan Watkins - 2B
Jean Segura - SS Chris Valaika - 1B
Matt Garza - RHP Kyle Hendricks - RHP

Having not won a game in over a week, the Brewers are making a couple of changes to their lineup.

The first is more necessary: With Carlos Gomez out and Ryan Braun leaving the team briefly to be with his wife while she gives birth, Logan Schafer will be starting in center field while Gerardo Parra moves to right. This was pretty much expected when news broke Braun would leave. Though the Brewers have other options who could play outfield, Schafer was clearly the most experience at the position.

Schafer has been pretty terrible at the plate in the majors in 2014. At least, he was bad enough that he earned a demotion back to Triple-A before coming backup with rosters expanded. However, he is a great fielder. That sets him apart from any other options Milwaukee had.

The second change is a bit more of a surprise: Lefty-hitting Matt Clark is starting at first base as the Brewers take on right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Clark, also a September call-up, was signed to a minor league deal in June and received his first major league appearance ever just last night.

Clark has always impressed in the minors, however, with a .286/.362/.503 line over six seasons. This year, he had a .304/.376/.548 line with 26 homers split between the Brewers and Mets farm systems.