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Revere returns to lineup for finale vs. Reds

PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Revere made his return to the Phillies' lineup Sunday after beginning the previous four games on the bench.

It marked the first start in a week for the speedy center fielder, who was batting second in the order and laced a one-out double in his first at-bat. Revere had made some late-inning appearances on the bases and in the field lately, but he was held out of manager Charlie Manuel's lineup in the past week as the Phillies faced two left-handed starters, and John Mayberry Jr. was producing at the plate.

Mayberry went 6-for-12 in the first three games that he started in center field last week, but struck out in each of his four at-bats Saturday in the Phillies' 10-0 loss to the Reds.

Manuel said Revere -- who entered Sunday hitting .237 this season with a .286 on-base percentage -- has spent a little extra time in the batting cage with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner. Manuel added that he has not given up on Revere, whom the Phillies acquired from Minnesota in the offseason.

"I look on almost every team I've ever managed, there's definitely at-bats for four outfielders, maybe even five, at times," Manuel said. "You can get plenty of at-bats -- you might not get 600 -- but you can get enough to be satisfied."

Prior to his week-long hiatus from the starting lineup, Revere had 10 hits in his last 28 at-bats, and his on-base percentage currently sits at .438 in May.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for
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