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HOU@CHC: Germano earns second win with strong start

The Brewers have trudged through a difficult 2012 campaign, but they've continued to enjoy success against the Cubs, having won seven of 10 over Chicago so far. On Monday, the home team will send Mark Rogers to the mound to face off against the Cubs' Justin Germano at Miller Park.

Rogers, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 28, is still looking for his first Major League win. In 2010, the righty went 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts, and in four starts this season Rogers is 0-1 with a 4.94 ERA.

In three of his four outings this year, Rogers left the game in line for a victory before watching the Brewers' bullpen blow the save.

"It's going to come," Rogers said. "We've been close a lot of times, and I feel like we're an out away or whatever the situation may be, but I have a ton of faith in the guys that are coming in."

Germano, on the other hand, picked up his first win in his first big league start, all the way back in 2004. He's coming off a quality start against Houston, which managed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings off the right-hander.

"He's a crafty righty, and you have to give credit to him," Astros catcher Jason Castro said. "He did a great job hitting his spots and keeping guys off-balance and playing the front-to-back game. You've got to give credit to him."

Cubs: Rizzo will return after day off
Anthony Rizzo has started at first base and hit third in Chicago's lineup in virtually every game since he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on June 26. His first day off came Sunday, when the Cubs lost to Cincinnati, 5-4.

"It's just time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. "You see a little bit of frustration going on and stuff, so it's just to let him for the first time just kick back and take a breather and be ready for the Milwaukee series."

Rizzo pinch-hit for starter Chris Volstad in the seventh inning on Sunday, grounding out to second base.

Rizzo, 23, brought a .321 batting average into August, during which he's hitting just .236. On the year, Rizzo is batting .288 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs. His last long ball came on Aug. 5 at Los Angeles.

Brewers: Hart and Ramirez will start Monday
After watching Sunday's 8-0 loss to Philadelphia from the bench, Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez should both be in Milwaukee's lineup on Monday for the series opener against the Cubs.

"They've been playing hard and going at it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday. "And when I asked them, the day games is when they really feel it's the hardest for them to get out there. You hate to take both of them out, but the good thing is we get them both back tomorrow."

Hart, 30, is batting .267 with 23 home runs and 62 RBIs this season. He has started 66 games at first base and 49 games in right field. Third baseman Ramirez, 34, is hitting .289 with 17 homers and 72 RBIs this year.

Worth Noting
• Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has been nursing a sore foot since Wednesday. He has played just once since then, going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds. Castillo was feeling "a lot better" on Sunday, according to Sveum, who hopes the catcher will return to action soon.

• Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum will make his third and final rehab start Monday night for Class A Wisconsin. The starter has been out since June with tightness in his right elbow. Marcum is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts with Milwaukee this season. Comments