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Carlos Lee


Lee hit a solo homer off Barry Zito in the first inning Wednesday. It was the slugger's first homer since joining the Rangers in a pre-deadline trade with Milwaukee, where he hit 28 this season.


Lee was selected to his second All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve outfielder for the National League. He is hitting .284 with 25 homers and 66 RBIs this season.


Lee hit a game-winning homer in the 11th inning, minutes after making a pair of game-saving catches at the left-field wall, in the Brewers' 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Lee's blast just inside the left-field foul pole was his fourth this season.


The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised their team option on Lee for the 2006 season. The left fielder will return after batting .265 with career highs of 32 home runs and 114 RBI in 2005. Lee was acquired from the Chicago White Sox before the season. The Brewers dealt outfielder Scott Podsednik, reliever Luis Vizcaino and a minor leaguer to get the slugger.


With just nine hits in 47 at-bats this month (.191), Lee was held out of the Brewers' starting lineup for the first time this season in Sunday's meeting with the Washington Nationals. However, his replacement, Chris Magruder, was forced to leave after taking a pitch off his elbow early in the game, so Lee stepped in and went a disappointing 0-for-3, dropping his season batting average to .261 -- the lowest it has been in nearly two months.


Lee and the Brewers got good news about the apparent knee injury that had forced the outfielder to leave Friday's game early. The injury has been diagnosed as a left medial knee contusion, and the hope is that Lee will not miss any starts. The outfielder has hit 22 home runs on the year and leads the majors with 72 RBI.


After failing to get a hit in his previous six at-bats in this week's series against the Chicago Cubs, Lee got back in the groove on Thursday, going 2-for-5 and stroking two home runs in a 10-6 victory. The Brewers' outfielder, who now has three multihomer games this season, drove in three runs on the day and currently leads the major leagues with 72 RBI.


Lee notched his second multihomer game of the 2005 campaign, going deep twice in Wednesday's victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers' outfielder, who now leads the National League with 64 RBI on the season, belted a three-run shot off starter Carlos Zambrano in the second inning before adding a solo shot in the seventh.


Dating back to Saturday, Lee has notched a hit in each of his last eight at-bats, tying a club record. The Brewers' outfielder had a double in his final at-bat in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers, went a perfect 5-for-5 in Sunday's defeat, then finished Monday's victory over the Yankees 2-for-2 with a pair of walks.


Lee set a career high for hits in a game, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers' outfielder has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games to raise his season average to .281 -- the highest it has been since April 13.


Despite hitting three home runs and notching 14 RBI in April, Lee struggled for the month, batting just .215. The Brewers' outfielder has been on fire since the calendar changed to May, as he is batting .312 with eight homers and 29 RBI over his last 23 games. His RBI total in May already has broken the club mark of 27 set by Richie Sexson in 2002.


Lee finished Tuesday's victory over the Washington Nationals 1-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and his second home run in as many days. The Brewers' outfielder has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 contests, including five straight. Over that span, he is batting .318 with six doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and two stolen bases.

Possibly adjusting to National League pitching, Lee struggled mightily in April, batting just .215 with three homers and 14 RBI. He also struck out 16 times in 93 at-bats during the month. It appears he has put his early season problems behind him.


After enduring a 9-for-55 slide (.164) during the latter half of April, Lee has kicked off May with a nine-game hitting streak. During his nine-game run, the Milwaukee left fielder is 15-for-40 (.375) with five doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. After homering in the Brewers' loss on Monday, those three home runs have come in his last four games.


Lee went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the San Francisco Giants, notching the 10th multihomer game of his major league career. The Brewers' outfielder, who saw his season batting average dip to .196 late last week, is 8-for-17 with six RBI over his last four contests.

Lee has been a slow starter in his major league career, so his minor struggles at the plate over the first few weeks of the 2005 campaign aren't a huge surprise. He is batting .260 with three homers, 14 RBI and one stolen base in 18 games.