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PHI@CHC: Lee throws seven shutout innings vs. Cubs

The Phillies plan to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 in a major celebration befitting the Hall of Fame trailblazer.

A statue of Robinson is scheduled to be unveiled in Ashburn Alley near the left-field gate at Citizens Bank Park, and Philadelphia will also honor former Negro Leagues player Mahlon Duckett, who played for the Philadephia Stars from 1940 to 1949.

Duckett will take part in a meet-and-greet in the Hall of Fame club by the Jackie Robinson display from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET. The Tuskegee Airmen will serve as the honor guard.

"As far as diversity is concerned, there's nobody who has had more of an impact on the game than Jackie Robinson," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "His perseverance, his guts -- not just for African-American players but Latin-American players and players of color. Unfortunately, those were the times we lived in then, but we'll never live them again."

In Robinson's first Major League game in Philadelphia on May 9, 1947, Phillies starter Oscar Judd pitched 7 2/3 innings. Cliff Lee will try to match that longevity on Tuesday to help an already overworked Philadelphia bullpen.

In 13 games this season, Phils starters have pitched beyond the sixth inning only twice. In the past eight games, they have reached the six-inning plateau only three times.

Meanwhile, their relievers are pitching roughly 3 1/3 innings per nine. The strain on the bullpen was realized on Monday night, when the relief corps surrendered four home runs -- and seven runs in all -- in a 9-6 loss to the Braves.

Although Lee, who has gone five, seven and six innings in his first three starts of 2014, was describing Philadelphia's 3-6 record to begin the season following his most recent start, on April 10, the Phillies can hope his comments also apply to the starting staff.

"I'm not concerned," Lee said at the time. "We've just got to turn it around like, now. So we'll see what happens tomorrow."

One weakness Lee will have to manage as he aims to go deep against the Braves is his penchant for giving up the long ball. Atlanta leads the National League in homers, with 20, after leaving the yard five times on Monday.

Lee gave up 48 home runs over the past two seasons, ranking fifth in the NL with 26 allowed in 2012 and ninth last season with 22. Dan Uggla, who homered twice on Monday, has hit two in 37 at-bats against Lee.

Braves right-hander David Hale will also be hoping to pitch deep into the game. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Mets on April 10 at Turner Field, giving gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks. He struck out two.

Hale earned his first career win against the Phillies, in his second career start, on Sept. 26, 2013. He gave up one run on seven hits in six innings, issued no walks, struck out five and threw 82 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Braves: Kimbrel day to day with sore shoulder
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Monday that Craig Kimbrel is day to day with soreness in his shoulder. David Carpenter pitched the ninth and earned his first save since 2011 in Atlanta's 9-6 series-opening win over Philadelphia.

Neither Kimbrel nor Gonzalez considers the soreness serious.

"Being a pitcher, things get sore every now and then," Kimbrel said. "So I'm going to take a few days and then get right back out there."

• The Braves became the second team to hit back-to-back-to-back home runs this season when Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons accomplished the feat on Monday. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez did it for the Angels against the Mets on Sunday.

With the exception of starter Ervin Santana, every player in the starting lineup on Monday has homered since April 9. Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Simmons have homered multiple times.

The Braves have homered in every game since being shut out by the Mets on April 8, hitting 15 homers during the six-game stretch.

Phillies: Sandberg playing hot hand in Gwynn Jr.
Tony Gwynn Jr. was in the lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Monday, batting leadoff and playing center field. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored. He is batting .316 with four runs scored during the stretch.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz made two throwing errors on Monday night, the first time he has ever done that in regular-season play. B.J. Upton twice stole a base, and each time he advanced to third on throws from Ruiz that ended up in the outfield.

• After striking out only twice in his first 46 plate appearances, Chase Utley did so twice in his first two plate appearances on Monday night.

Worth noting
• Chris Johnson has two career home runs against Lee.

• Jimmy Rollins is 3-for-3 with a double against Hale. Comments