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Domonic Brown is not in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday and manager Ryne Sandberg said that the outfielder needs "a little mental break."

"Maybe a little mental break and start over," Sandberg said. "Maybe something will click and he'll get to where he was." Brown got in some extra work in the batting cage Tuesday, trying to level out a swing that Sandberg feels has become too upper-cutting. The skipper indicated that Brown might sit out additional games, though he didn't reveal how long the break would be. "Just day to day," he said. "What I feel like."

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Domonic Brown homered and drove in four runs Friday against the Mets.

Brown launched a three-run homer against Rafael Montero in the fourth inning and tied the game with an RBI groundout one inning later. The game would remain tied until the Phillies won it in the 14th inning. Brown has failed to build off his encouraging 2013 so far, as he's batting just .201/.258/.313 through 50 games.

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Thursday that the team is not considering optioning Domonic Brown to Triple-A "at this stage."

"We have to get Dom right here before we start thinking about that stuff," Amaro added. With a .200/.258/.297 batting line through his first 190 plate appearances this season, Brown has been one of the least productive regulars in the game. That said, he's earned a long leash after last year's breakout campaign. Brown hit 18 homers between May and June last season, so he's certainly capable of getting red-hot and turning his year around.

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Domonic Brown is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters against southpaw Jorge De La Rosa. John Mayberry, Jr. will start in left field.

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Domonic Brown is back in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Brown left Saturday's game with back spasms, but he apparently is feeling much better a day later. The young outfielder has been a big disappointment this season, batting just .206/.258/.309.

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Domonic Brown left Saturday's game with back spasms.

Brown will likely sit out of the Phillies' series finale against the Dodgers on Sunday, but he should ultimately be fine. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Saturday before exiting and is batting just .206/.258/.309 this year.

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Domonic Brown went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

Brown's two-run home run in the eighth inning was a bit too late, as the Phillies had already fallen behind 10-3. Nevertheless, it's a good sign to see from the outfielder as he has followed up his All-Star campaign in 2013 with a season-long slump. He now has three home runs, with two of them being hit in his last four games. The Phillies hope it's a sign Brown is ready to break out. He is slashing a disappointing .217/.271/.325 on the season.

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Domonic Brown homered and drove in five total runs to help the Phillies pound the Reds on Saturday.

Brown hit a two-run shot as part of the Phillies' six-run fourth inning and then smacked a bases-clearing double with three ducks on the pond in the bottom of the seventh. He's been stuck in an extended early-season slump -- especially in the power department -- but the big 26-year-old outfielder is capable of going on a tear at any time. This could be the game that lights that stove.

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Domonic Brown went 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple as the Phillies were defeated by the Angels on Tuesday.

Brown has been in a season-long funk but looked better at the plate than he has all season, making some loud outs along with his seventh-inning triple and ninth-inning walk. The left fielder is slashing a disappointing .227/.290/.303 but as he showed in May last season, he is capable of inflicting terrible, terrible damage at a moment's notice.

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Domonic Brown hit his first homer of the year, a three-run shot off Luis Avilan, in the eighth inning Monday against the Braves.

It was just the third homer allowed by Avilan in 105 innings as a major leaguer. While Brown may just now be finding his power stroke, he is hitting .304 in the early going. He also has a couple of steals in 13 games, putting him well ahead of last year's pace (8-for-11 in 139 games).