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ATLANTA -- Opening Day has finally arrived in Atlanta, with perfect weather and the Philadelphia Phillies in tow.
After an action-packed offseason that saw blockbuster trades and big-time performances from top Braves prospects, baseball has returned to the Peach State as Atlanta unveils its new-look for the first time in front of the home crowd. Expect a playoff-type atmosphere for the occasion, too.
Taking on the explosive lineup -- one that scored 5.22 runs per game in the Grapefruit League -- will be Phillies' ace Cole Hamels, who is a career 12-7 with a 3.58 ERA against the Braves. Veteran Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Braves. All of this is discussed (in hushed tones, due to press box etiquette) by the Chopcast team of Zach Dillard, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney live from Turner Field. Here are some of the highlights of an extremely brief Chopcast:
-- After battling Atlanta's Opening Day, what are our writers most looking forward to from the Braves-Phillies opener?
-- Can Andrelton Simmons live up to his preseason hype right off the bat?
-- Is Opening day important in setting the tone or is it just one of 162 games?
-- Tim Hudson, perhaps fittingly, kicks off his contract year against one of the team's division rivals. What to expect from the savvy vet in his first start of 2013?
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
Cole Hamels vs. Tim Hudson
Time: 7 PM, Turner Field
TV: PHL 17, ESPN
Weather: Clear, 62
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Baseball is back. Be excited.
The 2013 season kicks off against the division rival Atlanta Braves, a team the Phillies will certainly be jockeying with for position in the playoff race. But for tonight, it’s just game one...
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PhilliesTags: Ben RevereChad DurbinChase UtleyCole HamelsPhilliesFor the first time in his career, Cole Hamels stepped on the mound on Opening Day with hopes of shutting down the Atlanta hitters and getting his team off to a fast start in the new season.
Unfortunately, he was very “un-Hamels like” tonight.
The 29-year old pitcher did not have...
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Happy Opening Night, Phillies fans! Cole Hamels was your Opening Night starter tonight for the first time in his career. Hamels faced Tim Hudson on the mound. Atlanta hopped ahead to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With Jason Heyward on base, Freddie Freeman brought...
Cole Hammels and Cliff Lee took time firing hot dogs into the stands at Citizens Pank Ballpark on Friday.
Hamels must have been so thrilled to fire the hotdog gun that he grew out a celebratory mustache.
All jokes aside, Hamels will start the Phillies opener on Monday against the division rival Atlanta Braves. Cliff Lee will pitch the Phillies third game of the season after Roy Halladay...
It’s finally here Phillies fans. The Phillies will actually be playing baseball tomorrow. They have been playing all spring but these games will actually count! It has been a long off season since the Phillies did not make the playoffs and was the first time since 2007.
Cole Hamels will be getting the start for the Phillies tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves. It is his...
Utley got off on the right foot in the Phillies loss. (AP)
A near-cycle from Chase Utley wasn’t enough to overcome a shaky start from Cole Hamels as the Braves held off the Phillies, 7-5.
UTLEY UNLOADS ON OPENING DAY
-What a day for Chase Utley. In the fourth, Tim Hudson tossed a sinker that hung up in the zone and Utley tagged it to dead center field, over 400 feet away for the...
PhilliesTags: PhilliesStarting Pitchers
Cole Hamels: The ace of the staff. He’s been sharp through out Spring Training, and should be primed for another big season. Also, he’s grown one heck of a mustache.
Cliff Lee: The team hopes the lefty will bounce back from a disappointing 2012 campaign and become a dominant anchor in the rotation once...
Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) @ Atlanta Braves (0-0) Pitching Match-Ups:Monday, 7:00 Cole Hamels vs. Tim HudsonWednesday, 7:10 Roy Halladay vs. Paul MaholmThursday, 7:10 Cliff Lee vs. Kris MedlenSurprise Roster Spots:Phillies- Ender Inciarte, the Rule 5 pick, out of the Diamondbacks organization will begin the season as their 5th outfielders, despite never playing above Single-A. Braves...
Revere had the at-bat of the night against Tim Hudson. Can he keep it up? (AP)
For a second, forget about Chase Utley spraying line drives all over (and out of) Turner Field last night. It was a satisfying sight, for sure. But equally fulfilling was the sight of Tim Hudson, prior to Utley’s two-run single, laboring in the fifth inning.
Hudson threw 90 pitches to 21 batters...
W: Avilan (1-0, 0.00 ERA) L: Hamels (0-1, 9.00 ERA) SV: Kimbrel (1)
Chase Utley hit his 200th career home run and was a double shy of baseball's first Opening Day cycle since 1950, but his impressive 2013 debut was not enough to get the Phillies started on the right foot in Atlanta. Cole Hamels allowed three home runs in a 7-5 Opening Day loss to the Braves.
Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including the first of three Atlanta home runs Monday night, and the Braves beat Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on opening day.
Dan Uggla and Justin Upton, making his Braves debut, also homered for Atlanta, which led National League teams with 49 in spring training.
Hamels (0-1) struggled in his first opening day...
by "Cakes" FisherPhiladelphia CorrespondentRyan Howard, Photo: hj_west, Flickr.comThe Phillies open their 2013 season in the heart of Dixie as they take on the Braves in a three game series starting April 1st at Turner Field in Atlanta. Taking the mound for the first time on opening day in the Roy Halladay Era will be the sunny southpaw from San Diego, Cole Hamels. Cole...