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Apr 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) reacts after striking out Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (not shown) to end the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Cliff Lee Dominant, Phillies Win First Game of the Season

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Halladay had a rough 2012 season, and entered 2013 with a boatload of questions about how much he still had left. Halladay didn’t exactly answer those questions with a three and one third inning performance last night. Cliff Lee entered 2013, coming off of a disappointing 2012 as well, but unlike Halladay, Lee made a statement in his first start Thursday, tossing eight shutout innings, and leading the Phillies to their first win in 2013.

Lee dazzled in his eight innings tonight fanning eight, and throwing 106 pitches, before handing the ball over to Jonathan Papelbon who pitched a one-two-three ninth inning to help the Phillies to salvage one game of their opening three game set with the Braves.

Offensively Ben Revere knocked in his first run as a Phillie and Chase Utley stayed hot knocking in a run as well. Normally tonight would have been an offensively frustrating game to watch as a Phillies fan, but when Cliff Lee is locked in, two runs is enough.

Last night might have scared some Phillies fans, but watching Cliff Lee come out of the gate in 2013 dealing, reminds us all that regardless of how Roy Halladay pitches in 2013, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are going to pitch like studs(hopefully), at the top of the rotation, and if the Phillies can make it to the playoffs, they will have a shot.

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