A disappointing end to his 2013 season left Cliff Lee contemplating his future away from baseball - perhaps as soon as his current contract expires.
Lee dominated the Braves before giving up Chris Johnson's homer to lead off the eighth, leaving the Philadelphia Phillies with a 1-0 loss to Atlanta on Friday night.
Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel combined on a two-hitter for Atlanta.
The Phillies, who have lost seven of eight, are fourth in the NL East, 23 games behind the Braves. The plummet toward the bottom of the division has Lee wondering if he'll ever realize his goal of returning to the World Series with the Phillies.
''Maybe a little bit,'' Lee said. ''I am getting up there in age. I'm 35 years old. When this contract's over, I plan on going home. I'm running out of opportunities but all I can control is what I can control. I'm going to do everything I can to help us win. That's all I know to do.''
Lee is signed through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016.
Asked if plans o...