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Jeremy Hellickson is the Phillies’ Opening Day stater

Jeremy Hellickson

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson throws in the bullpen during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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The Phillies have named Jeremy Hellickson their Opening Day starter.

Hellickson signed with the Phillies in November. He was 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA with the Diamondbacks last year but came on better later, posting a 4.17 ERA and averaging 7.8 K/9 IP in his final 20 starts. He’s improved his groundball rates a bit, but he’s still dinger-prone.

The Phillies start the year in Cincinnati, which is one of the most homer-friendly parks in the league, though their lineup is not all that production-friendly, so I suppose it’s as good a start for Hellickson as any.