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CIN@PHI: Lee fans eight over eight innings

Likely at the top of Cliff Lee's to-do list before Tuesday's start against the Nats will be making sure he's at Nationals Park on time.

Lee, who likes to take taxis to visiting ballparks on days he pitches, threw a shutout against Washington the last time he was in town, on April 14. But, as was the case before Game 1 of the 2009 World Series against the Yankees, Lee had a little trouble getting to the ballpark that day. A normally 15-minute ride was delayed, and he was about a half-hour late.

"I started to get a little nervous," Lee said. "I finally saw the ballpark and I was like, 'All right.'"

Lee tossed a three-hitter, going the distance and striking out 12. He's been strong in his return to Philadelphia, going 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA in his last nine starts, but he could use some more support from his bats.

From May 14 through 29, the average of 3.08 runs scored behind Lee was in the bottom third of the league.

The Phillies have taken six of seven games from the Nationals this season, including a 5-4 win in the series opener Monday. An off-day Thursday for Philly brings the end of a 20-game stretch without a break.

Right-hander Jason Marquis pitches for the Nats, who have lost eight of their last nine and their last three. Marquis has been shaky in his last two starts after two strong outings, giving up four runs in six innings to the Brewers in his last start Wednesday in Milwaukee, a 6-4 loss.

"I put the team in the hole early on," Marquis said of Milwaukee's two-run first frame. "I had a stupid game plan at that particular moment, and it came back to bite me."

Phillies: Victorino aiming for Friday return

• Outfielder Shane Victorino, on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, did not make a rehab appearance on Monday, but is scheduled to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Double-A Reading. If he continues to progress, he could return Friday.

• Reliever Brad Lidge and catcher Brian Schneider are continuing their rehab assignments in Clearwater, Fla. Lidge, scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game Tuesday, is on the disabled list with a strained right posterior rotator cuff. Schneider is on the DL with a strained left hamstring.

Nationals: Ankiel makes outfield mix interesting

• Center fielder Rick Ankiel started on Monday against the Phillies and went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a strikeout in his second start in the last three games. Ankiel returned from the disabled list last week, and manager Jim Riggleman indicated he would play now that he's back. Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Laynce Nix are expected to split time in left and center field, but general manager Mike Rizzo said recently that Bernadina would not be in the Majors unless he was playing daily.

• Shortstop Ian Desmond did not start on Monday because of some minor aches. Desmond is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday. "We play a long stretch," Desmond said. "The body is aching a little bit. I just needed a day off."

Worth noting

• The Nationals have scored more runs in the 11th inning (10) than in the sixth inning (nine) this season.

• Phillies closer Ryan Madson is perfect in 12 save opportunities this season. Comments