Posted April 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Cole Hamels pitched four scoreless innings in his final tuneup before the regular season, Placido Polanco hit a three-run home run and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Tuesday night in the final exhibition game. Hamels gave up three hits, struck out five and retired the final nine batters. Polanco provided the bulk of the offense with a blast off Tim Wood into the seats in left field as part of a four-run fifth inning. It was Polanco's first homer of the spring. Hunter Pence added an RBI double and Shane Victorino had an RBI single for the Phillies, who open the regular season Thursday afternoon at Pittsburgh. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning after Robbie Grossman hit an RBI double and Yamaico Navarro followed with a single, scoring Grossman. Pittsburgh starter James McDonald allowed two hits and one earned run in three innings. He entered the game with an 0-2 record and 9.16 ERA in five previous starts this spring. Reliever Davi...
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