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April 8, 2015
Phillies ace Cole Hamels continued a recent trend regarding his first start of a season. He is 1-7 with a 5.13 ERA in his 10 season debuts. He has lost his last five. Year    Inn.    Hits    ER 2006    5       1       0 2007    7       4       0 2008    8       5      1 2009    32/3   11       7 2010    5       5       3 2011   2 2/3    7       6 2012    51/3    8       3 2013    5       7       5 2014    6       6       2 2015    5       5       4
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April 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS was prophetic, if nothing else. Just before reporting to spring training 2 months ago, the pitcher/walking human trade rumor was quoted about his possible desire to find a new baseball home with a contending team. "I just want to win . . . And I know it's not going to happen here [with the Phillies]," Hamels said in a USA Today story in February. Hamels did a fine job in backing up those infamous words on Opening Day, serving up four solo home runs and exiting after five innings in a forgettable, 8-0 defeat to the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pageantry was executed to perfection Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The baseball was not. The sunshine arrived before the gates opened and remained in place the entire day. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees, a welcome respite from a rugged winter. The ceremonial first pitches started with cancer survivor Julie Kramer's strike to Chase Utley (the two first met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just before Christmas) and ended with another inspirational toss down the middle from Kyle Shanahan, an 8-year-old from Warrington who was born with spina bifida and also has fluid on the brain.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Well, the Boston Red Sox hoped they might win a few games with Cole Hamels on the mound this season, so maybe what took place on opening day at Citizens Bank Park was just one of those cosmic jokes baseball likes to play on its participants. The Red Sox tried to trade for Hamels during the offseason, but the asking price set forth by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for the lefthanded starter was apparently too steep. The trade didn't get made, Hamels stayed with the same becalmed ship, and, from the Phillies' point of view, they would still have a chance to look like a major-league team every fifth game.
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April 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels displayed his usual stuff Monday, manager Ryne Sandberg said, but the Phillies ace lacked consistent command of his pitches. The Boston Red Sox teed off on four of them, sending three fastballs and a change-up into the left-field seats at Citizens Bank Park. The first was all that truly mattered, though, as an offense that is expected to struggle needed only opening day to reveal itself. Three hits made up the Phillies' output in their 8-0 loss, perhaps an indicative performance to start what is expected to be a long season for the team's fans.
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April 8, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A YEAR AGO, Mookie Betts was preparing for his season as a Double A infielder in Portland, Maine. Yesterday, he hit a third-inning home run against Cole Hamels and ran down the few balls hit to him in centerfield. You want to know why the vibe is so different for the Boston Red Sox after a season in which they managed to lose even more games than the Phillies, Mookie is as good a place to start as any. Only 22, Betts was the leadoff hitter in Boston's free-agent-infused Opening Day lineup yesterday, a lineup that has added Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to central figures Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, a lineup that, yesterday at least, included a healthy and mobile Shane Victorino.
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April 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan and Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cole Hamels took his left foot off the rubber, allowing for a longer break before the second batter of the inning. Amid a standing ovation, Shane Victorino took a deep breath and stepped into the batter's box. Two-and-a-half baseball seasons have passed since the July 2012 trade that ended Victorino's tenure in Philadelphia. The former mainstay in the Phillies outfield was on the disabled list when the Red Sox visited his former home in 2013, so the opener on Monday marked his first time back on the field at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE HIS FIRST at-bat back at Citizens Bank Park in a different uniform, Shane Victorino got a standing ovation. He tipped his helmet to the Philadelphia faithful, as his former teammates Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz purposely delayed the at-bat for their friend. Before his second at-bat, Victorino made a more meaningful gesture, one that speaks to both his personality and his popularity within the city of Philadelphia. Following the third inning of yesterday's home opener, the Phillies played tribute to late Police Officer Robert Wilson III. Wilson, mortally wounded by armed men attempting a robbery shortly after buying his oldest son a birthday gift, was shown on the video board at the ballpark.
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April 7, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The conversation has become more lopsided than a first-round women's NCAA tournament game between UConn and whatever poor 16th seed the Huskies happen to draw that year. It's no longer about whether the Phillies should trade Cole Hamels. It's all about when they should trade him, where they should trade him and how much they should get in return. The little hope the Phillies seemed to have when spring training opened six weeks ago dwindled to none as the Grapefruit League games progressed.
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April 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
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