Germano battles Brewers for second time in one week

CHICAGO – Right-hander Justin Germano makes his sixth start for the Cubs tonight, but he won't need a crash course on his opponent.

For the second time in seven days, Germano (2-3, 5.40 ERA) faces the Milwaukee Brewers. He'll try to forget his last start against Milwaukee after they tagged him for a season-high seven runs (all earned) in 4 2/3 innings in the Cubs' 9-5 loss.

The Cubs' four-game series, which begins tonight, continues a 10-game homestand. It's part of a stretch in which the Cubs play 20 of 30 games at Wrigley Field through Sept. 23. In their last 25 games the Cubs are 6-19.

Right-hander Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23) takes the mound for the Brewers. Estrada is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in seven career games (two starts) against the Cubs. Estrade makes his first career start tonight at Wrigley. He previously did not have a record, though sported a 13.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

The Cubs acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics today for catcher Blake Lalli. Recker was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and left-handed pitcher Scott Maine was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Recker, 29, hit .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs and 29 RBIs at Triple-A Sacramento.

Brewers starting lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF
2. Rickie Weeks, 2B
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Corey Hart, 1B
6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Jean Segura, SS
9. Marco Estrada, P

Cubs starting lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Josh Vitters, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Steve Clevenger, C
7. Brett Jackson, CF
8. Darwin Barney, 2B
9. Justin Germano, P

-- Meghan Montemurro