DOMONIC BROWN and Ben Revere were never teammates before 2013, but they became off-the-field friends even as on-field foes when they came up through the minor leagues together, Brown in the Phillies' system and Revere in the Minnesota Twins'.

In the offseason, before Brown had even solidified an everyday big-league job, let alone any talk of All-Star candidacy, Revere gave his new teammate a pep talk.

"I just told him [that] some guys, it takes a little while to get their stroke," Revere said. "It's the big leagues. They kind of pitch you different. When you get up here, you can't find your stroke a little bit or it's just not right there yet . . . And I told him I had a feeling this was going to be his year. It's showing off real well. So I'll be his assistant when he goes to the All-Star Game, maybe."

While Brown has exploded at the plate in the last 2 weeks, taking the National League home-run lead, Revere has quietly found his own swing in the same time period.

Revere entered yesterday hitting .300 with a .344 on-base percentage in 29 games since May 1.

"I'm not trying to put any pressure on myself; it's a long season," he said. "I take it one game at a time, nice and easy. But each and every day I feel like I'm finding my stroke."

While Brown was flirting with the Mendoza line as late as April 23, Revere's struggles extended for the duration of the season's first month. He hit .200 with a .234 OBP in 23 games in April. Revere had nearly has many strikeouts (14) as he had hits (18) and walked just four times in 96 plate appearances.

Revere, who was moved out of the leadoff spot after his first 15 games with the Phillies, admitted he was pressing in his first month with a new team.

"A little bit," Revere said. "I just kind of had to figure some stuff out. I've made good contact and everything, just didn't have anything to show for it. Now slowly I'm having those games, two hits or three hits, or one hit and hitting the ball hard. Everything feels like it's coming together."

Revere had two hits, two stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 7-2 win over Miami, Since moving back to the leadoff spot on May 27, Revere has either reached base safely or scored a run in seven of the last eight games.

"He's starting to get more consistent," manager Charlie Manuel said.