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Saturday, July 26 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (44-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (45-58), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Josh Collmenter (8-5, 3.64) Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.67)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Saturday's outing could be Cliff Lee's last start with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, or it might not be.

Either way, the veteran left-hander will be on the mound for game two of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Often mentioned in trade deadline scenarios, Lee spent two months on the disabled list and returned only Monday, tossing 5 2/3 innings while allowing 12 hits and six runs of a 7-4 loss to San Francisco. In his previous start before the shelving -- against Arizona on April 26 -- he allowed three earned runs in six innings while getting no-decision on April 26.

The Phillies won the game, 6-5.

He's 4-1 in seven career starts against the Diamondbacks while maintaining a 3.12 earned run average.

Philadelphia has won 14 of its last 17 games at home against Arizona and can win its third straight overall at home, though its record in its last 12 there since June 27 is just 3-9.

Helping the cause will be outfielder Domonic Brown, who is batting .300 in his last 18 games.

"He looks more relaxed, and a good swing of the bat with the home run should really build some confidence with tonight's game," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

On the flip side for Arizona is Mark Trumbo, who's just three for his last 29 over nine games.

"He's just struggling right now," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Trying to do well for his teammates and trying to work it out and probably getting frustrated. It's just part of the game."

Starting for Arizona will be right-hander Josh Collmenter, who's held foes to a single run in four of his last five starts -- a stretch in which he's gone 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA.

In his last start, on Sunday, he gave up four hits in seven innings while defeating the Chicago Cubs, 3-2,

He's faced the Phillies seven times -- including a 5-4 victory on April 25 in which he surrendered four hits in six scoreless innings -- and is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA.

On Friday, Brown hit a two-run homer, drove in three runs and crossed the plate twice to help the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks, 9-5.

Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored for the Phillies.

Alfredo Marte entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and hit the first home run of his career, a two-out grand slam that brought the Diamondbacks back into the game after being down 6-0.

Kyle Kendrick (5-10), who was 0-2 in his last two starts, threw 5 2/3 innings in the win, striking out five and surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk.

Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley (6-7) gave up six runs -- five earned -- eight hits and walked three, while also striking out six.

Philadelphia took two of three from the D-backs earlier in the year.

07/26 10:22:23 ET

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