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Philadelphia Phillies

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park | Manager: Ryne Sandberg
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--RHP Roy Oswalt left Tuesday's start with the Diamondbacks after just three innings. Oswalt, who hadn't allowed more than two runs in any of his first four starts of the season, allowed five runs on six hits in an eventual 7-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Although Oswalt left a start two weeks ago with back spasms, it didn't appear to be a problem on Tuesday.

"He's all right," manager Charlie Manuel told reporters. "His stuff wasn't crisp and his velocity was down. I figured there was no sense leaving him out there. I'm a little concerned, but we'll just see what happens."

Oswalt was not available to the media following the game.

--RHP Jose Contreras will be sidelined for up to a month after being placed on the disabled list on Sunday. Contreras had an MRI in Philadelphia Tuesday that revealed a Grade 1 strain in his right elbow.

Contreras, who was 5-for-5 in save chances while filling in for closer Brad Lidge, could begin throwing in 7-10 days.

--LHP Cole Hamels will try to help the Phillies avoid their first sweep of the season when he takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. Hamels has been pitching as well as any of the Phillies' ace-laden starting pitching staff: He has allowed two earned runs over his last three starts (22 2/3 innings). Hamels threw eight shutout innings in San Diego on Friday.

Arizona's Chase Field was the site of Hamels' worst start of the 2010 season. He served up four home runs in a 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on April 23, 2010.

--2B Placido Polanco was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Phillies' 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Polanco has 33 hits this month and is the seventh different Phillies player since 1970 to record 30 or more hits in the month of April.

The other six players to accomplish the feat: Chase Utley (38 in 2008), Aaron Rowand (34 in 2007), Jimmy Rollins (33 in 2007, 22 in 2003 and 35 in 2002), Doug Glanville (31 in 1998), John Kruk (33 in 1992) and Tommy Herr (33 in 1989).

--RF Domonic Brown will begin an official, 20-game rehab assignment on Wednesday at Class-A Clearwater. Brown broke the hamate bone in his right hand on March 5 and began the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Brown homered twice in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.

BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Losses Roy Oswalt has since joining the Phillies in a pre-trade deadline deal with the Houston Astros last July. Oswalt gave up five runs in three innings of a 7-5 loss on Tuesday. It was his first defeat with the Phillies since his first start with the team. In between, he won 10 straight decisions.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We left guys on base all night. We did have better swings and got guys on base. It was an improvement from previous nights." -- Manager Charlie Manuel, after the Phillies' 7-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. When Ben Francisco hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning, it ended the Phillies streak of scoring four runs or fewer in a game at 14 games.

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HRMarlon Byrd , RF18
RBIRyan Howard , 1B55
OBPChase Utley , 2B.354
SLGMarlon Byrd , RF.484
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