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The Phillies recalled left-hander Fabio Castro from Triple-A Ottawa to replace the struggling Matt Smith.
Castro was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in six appearances for Ottawa. Smith, acquired in the trade that sent Bobby Abreu to the Yankees last July, was sent to Ottawa to regain his control.
Catcher Ryan Budde, who was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies in the winter meetings draft, was returned to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Ryan Howard returned to the lineup on Sunday and hit a home run, his second of the season.
He's gotten off to a slow start and was back in the lineup for the first time after missing three games with a sore left knee.
"It's tough when you're not catching a lot of breaks," said Howard. "Not only myself but the team. The way we've played the last couple days, it's just kind of [indicative] of that."
he Phillies got the win they were so desperately in need of Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 39,353 at Great American Ball Park behind the stellar pitching of lefty Cole Hamels, whose complete-game, 15-strikeout effort paved the way to a 4-1 victory.
It was unlikely manager Charlie Manuel talked about turning triple plays in his pregame meeting with the team, but the Phils got exactly that, to help Hamels out of a fifth-inning jam.
With runners on first and second, Reds catcher David Ross swung on Hamels' first offering, and grounded it directly to third baseman Abraham Nunez, who started the 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play.
It's been a quick trip from staff ace to the bullpen for Brett Myers.
In a surprising decision that manager Charlie Manuel hopes will bolster his relief corps, the Phillies moved Myers from the rotation to a setup role in the bullpen Wednesday and put Jon Lieber in the rotation.
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