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National League Preview from The Sports Network

Thursday, June 16th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (39-30) at Chicago Cubs (27-40), 2:20 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (6-1, 4.69) Chicago - Matt Garza (2-6, 3.84)

(Sports Network) - Red-hot right-hander Zack Greinke aims for a seventh straight victory when the first-place Milwaukee Brewers visit Wrigley Field today to close out a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

An offseason trade acquisition from Kansas City, Greinke's National League debut was delayed by a non-baseball injury in the spring, and he was 0-1 after dropping an 8-0 decision at Atlanta in his initial appearance with the Brewers on May 4.

He's been everything advertised since, however, winning six decisions in seven starts while nearly halving a bloated 9.00 earned run average down to 4.69 through 48 innings.

The 27-year-old Floridian downed St. Louis, 5-3, in his most recent start, improving to 6-1 on the year after allowing seven hits and three runs in seven innings.

He's pitched six or more innings in all but two of his eight starts and allowed three runs or less in five of eight.

Milwaukee moved a game ahead of the NL Central Division pack in Wednesday's third game against the Cubs, as Rickie Weeks finished with three hits and a solo home run and the middle of the order did plenty of damage in a 9-5 victory.

Casey McGehee, Corey Hart, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy each drove in two runs and Prince Fielder scored three times for the Brewers, who snapped a two-game skid.

Chris Narveson (4-4) picked up the win, surrendering four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks over 5 1/3 frames.

The Brewers now lead the Central over skidding St. Louis, which dropped its fifth straight Wednesday in Washington.

The Cubs are fifth in the six-team division, 11 games back.

Reed Johnson drilled a three-run home run for Chicago, which had prevailed in the first two tests of this series.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano (5-4) sat through a 102-minute rain delay only to give up five runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six frames.

The Cubs start another offseason trade prize, right-hander Matt Garza, for the 12th time this season in today's finale.

A 15-game winner last season with Tampa Bay, Garza finally got his first two wins of 2011 by beating Arizona and St. Louis on April 30 and May 11, respectively.

He's dropped two in a row since, however, allowing 11 hits and six runs in 10 innings against Cincinnati and Philadelphia - games in which the Cubs were outscored by a 15-3 margin.

Garza lost a 6-0 verdict at Milwaukee back on April 9 in his lone career start against the Brewers. Chicago has won just three of the 11 games he's pitched.

The Brewers took two of three at home over the Cubs in early April, while the teams split six meetings last year at Wrigley Field.

06/16 10:44:55 ET

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