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PHI@WSH: Lee shuts out the Nationals, strikes out 12

While the Phillies added Cliff Lee this offseason to morph their rotation into one of the best in baseball history, they weren't the only ones who bolstered their rotation. The Brewers also added Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, the latter of which pitched six innings of one-run ball against Philadelphia on Monday.

And although Yovani Gallardo and Marcum have pitched solidly while Greinke has been hurt, perhaps the best pitcher on Milwaukee's staff thus far has been left-hander Chris Narveson, who will oppose Lee at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Since becoming a full-time starter last April, the 29-year-old Narveson is 12-9 with a 4.50 ERA. In three outings this year, he has thrown two quality starts, coming one-third of an inning short in his last outing. In that start against the Nationals, Narveson allowed three runs in the first inning.

"It was kind of a tough inning," Narveson said afterward. "I lost a little focus. You're trying so hard to get that first strike. Sometimes you aim it instead of throwing it. You think it's an easy strikeout or ground ball, so sometimes you let up."

Lee, however, had no problems in his last start. On April 14 against the Nats, Lee threw a three-hit shutout. Lee's complete game followed Roy Halladay's the day before.

"I want to throw nine innings every time I take the mound," Lee said. "That's that. I hope Roy does it every day before me, too, but that's what I'm going to try to do. Just because he threw a complete game, it wasn't like, 'Oh, I've got to do that, too.' I'm going to try to do that every time regardless."

Lee -- who is looking to break the Phillies' first losing streak of the season -- has faced the Brewers once in his career, on Sept. 25, 2009, giving up seven runs on nine hits in six innings.

Brewers: Saito to remain on DL
Manager Ron Roenicke said reliever Takashi Saito (strained left hamstring) will not be ready for active duty by Friday, the first day he's eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. Saito is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Philadelphia and a simulated game Friday at Miller Park.

"Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] is more comfortable if we get him out to face some hitters," Roenicke said. "The bullpens, it's hard to recreate that true 100 percent. If we do a simulated game, we have a chance to see where he is. Rick would be more comfortable if we do that a couple of times. We'll see."

• Milwaukee placed Marcum on the bereavement list Tuesday, when his father underwent heart surgery in Missouri. To replace Marcum, the Brewers recalled right-handed reliever Mike McClendon from Triple-A Nashville. McClendon was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances with Milwaukee in 2010. The club expects Marcum to be back for his scheduled start on Saturday against the Astros.

• In his first rehab start, Greinke threw three innings of one-hit ball, striking out four, for Class A Brevard County.

Phillies: Oswalt ready for Thursday
Roy Oswalt flashed thumbs up from the chair in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, signaling he will pitch Thursday night against the Padres at PETCO Park. The right-hander left Friday's game against the Marlins because of a strained lower back. After throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, Oswalt's back responded fine Tuesday.

• Left-hander J.C. Romero was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right calf he suffered in Monday's loss. To replace him, Philadelphia recalled left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Zagurski went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances with Lehigh Valley this season.

Worth noting
Philadelphia's loss Tuesday was its first defeat in a game that wasn't a series opener. ... The Phils also lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Entering play Tuesday, they were one of three teams yet to do so, along with the Mets and Rockies. ... Milwaukee's Ryan Braun has reached base safely in each of the team's first 17 games. It's the longest streak by a Brewer since Jeromy Burnitz also reached 17 straight in 1997. The club record is 23 by Robin Yount (1983). Comments