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Cole Hamels to start Opening Day for Phillies

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Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News has the announcement ...

So, there you go: Cole Hamels is “named” Opening Day starter. Breaking news!

— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) March 29, 2015

Hamels tossed five scoreless innings in his latest Grapefruit League start. He’ll take on the Red Sox on April 6 -- a team he has been connected to in trade talks throughout the offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty posted a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings last summer.

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