Cliff Lee isn't concerned with his pitching line. He's focused on fine-tuning his delivery.
Lee gave up home runs to Juan Rivera and Edwin Encarnacion in a five-run fourth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla.
Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million deal in December, has a 5.54 ERA after four games this spring.
“Spring training has a completely different feel, you have to try to make it as much like a regular-season start as you can,” said Lee, who began last season with the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the Texas Rangers. “Obviously the stats aren’t as important, it’s more important to get your body right and work on things, experiment with stuff to prepare for the regular season, but we’re starting to wind down now. I need to start being more effective.”
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Lee allowed five runs — three earned — and seven hits in four innings. He has allowed six runs earned runs in his past two starts.
AROUND THE HORN
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