Cole Hamels went just 8-14 with a 3.60 earned run average in 33 starts in 2013.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Cole Hamels is expected to make his anticipated season debut for the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, as they resume a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Sidelined since spring training with inflammation in his left shoulder, Hamels will be activated off the disabled list in time to go for his 100th career win. The 2008 World Series MVP regained his strength in a rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater and a bullpen session in Colorado.
Hamels battled biceps tendinitis in November and suffered through arguably his worst season in the majors in 2013, when he went just 8-14 with a 3.60 earned run average in 33 starts. Hamels didn't get much run support and his 220 innings pitched were the most since the World Series of 2008 (227 1/3). Hamels allowed opposing hitters to bat .246.
Quiet accomplishment for Pujols
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Have performance-enhancing drugs made us that jaded with regards to baseball milestones that hitting 500 home runs isn't a big deal anymore?
I mean, where was the buildup to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th player to join what was once a pretty exclusive fraternity? Now granted, he hit two on Tuesday to reach the magic number, but how many casual baseball fans even knew he was approaching 500?
But still, this wasn't some run-of-the mill player. This was a three-time National League MVP, who at one time was the face of baseball.
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