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Cliff Lee: 'I want to play here'

Cliff Lee tried to make it clear Tuesday night that his faith in the Phillies is still strong and he wants to win in Philadelphia, and isn't seeking a change of scenery.

"I want to win. I signed to win here," Lee said, reiterating a comment he made last week in Minnesota. "If that was misconstrued that I want to play someplace else, that's not the case. I want to play here."

With the trade deadline approaching next month, Lee is constantly mentioned as one of the best pitchers available if the Phillies decide to unload salary. Lee already has been traded twice in July during his career and once after the season by the Phillies.

Last week in Minnesota, after the offensively challenged Phillies barely won a 3-2 game despite outhitting the Twins 16-3, Lee danced away from multiple questions from the media about whether he wanted to stay in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, Lee, who is in the third season of a five-year, $120 million contract, said he doesn't care how his answers are interpreted by the media.

"I don't think anyone is happy with the way we've played," he told reporters. "That's basically all I was saying in Minnesota. I don't really care how that's taken, to be honest with you. That's how I feel. I don't read the newspaper or watch the sports show. I don't care how it's spun off. You can expect me to be honest. If that rubs people the wrong way, I don't really care."

Lee (9-2) struck out nine in eight impressive innings Tuesday night, helping the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2. He allowed two runs and five hits to win his fifth straight decision.

The three-time All-Star lefty lowered his ERA to 2.53 and helped the Phillies move into a second-place tie with the defending NL East champion Nationals.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said he's not looking to trade Lee and instead wants to add players to help the team make a postseason run.

"If we play fundamental baseball and everyone plays up to their capabilities, we can beat anybody," Lee said.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark and The Associated Press was used in this report.