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"It's impossible to look at the standings and see how far back we are. It's a lot." -- Mike Lieberthal of the Phillies, who lost a club-record 17 in April and trail the Braves by 11 1/2

It's a fact: The Padres completed the toughest April schedule in the big leagues, playing 16 of their 25 games against the four 1999 NL playoff teams. The Padres went 9-7 against the Mets, Diamondbacks, Astros and the Braves.

Who's hot: The Astros' Richard Hidalgo went 3-for-3.

Who's not: : The Brewers have not had a winning record in May since going 17-14 in 1988.

On deck: The Cubs' Ismael Valdes, on the DL since March 20 with tendinitis in his right shoulder, will make his first start Thursday.

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