Originally written March 21, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Cole Hamels looked fine facing a Red Sox lineup that seemed ready for opening day. John Lackey did equally well against a Phillies side with a few familiar names. Lackey pitched five sharp innings, Hamels threw six good innings and Boston beat Philadelphia 6-1 Thursday night. Hamels, set to start on opening day, gave up one run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two. ''Now that we're kind of playing more of the big-time guys, guys' swings are obviously a lot better,'' Hamels said. ''I think my body's starting to catch up. You build up the pitch count every five days,'' he said. ''Obviously, as spring goes on, your body starts to kind of get going.'' Hamels struck out former teammate Shane Victorino looking at a curveball to lead off the sixth. ''That's probably one of the best ones I've thrown in a really long time,'' Hamels said. ''Even with last season. So I guess I'll h...
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