FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It might be early in Spring Training, but lefty Cole Hamels already looks like a man ready to head north. Making his second Grapefruit League start, Hamels fired four shutout innings and allowed only one hit, leading the Phillies past the Red Sox, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at City of Palms Park.
"I think it helps me get focused, knowing these guys are the best, having the Yankees, having Boston," Hamels said after Philadelphia's 2-0 win over Boston on Thursday. "These guys are really good. Even though they're working on some things, I think it just kind of prepares you for the season knowing that you're going to have to face some really good guys one through eight."
Prospect Stolmy Pimentel drew the start for Boston, giving up three hits and two runs over two innings. Jeff Larish (two-run double) provided most of the damage against the righty.
Bobby Jenks, who is making the transition from closer to setup man for the Red Sox, made his debut, pitching a scoreless frame. Dan Wheeler, projected to be another key late-inning man for Boston, worked around two hits, but he didn't allow a run over one inning.
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"I thought the ball came out of his hand really well," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He's been a notoriously slow starter in Spring Training, but the ball came out of his hand really good."
Shane Victorino, one of the few Phillies regulars who made the trip, lofted a ground-rule double to right -- his lone hit in three at-bats.
Lefty Andrew Miller, vying for a spot in Boston's bullpen, was impressive for the second time in as many outings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Boston only had one hit on the day, a double to right by Mike Cameron in the bottom of the third.
Red Sox up next: The Red Sox and Yankees will have the first of their two Spring Training matchups Friday night at 7:05 ET on MLB.TV in Tampa, Fla. With split-squad contests looming on Saturday, manager Terry Francona will keep most of his regulars in Fort Myers. Clay Buchholz will get the start, and captain Jason Varitek will catch. Jed Lowrie and Darnell McDonald will also see action, as will prospects Jose Iglesias, Ryan Kalish and Lars Anderson. Bartolo Colon, who pitched for Boston in 2008, makes the start for New York.
Phillies up next: Joe Blanton will make his second start of the Grapefruit League season in a 1:05 p.m. ET start against the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., on Friday. In his first start Sunday, Blanton yielded just one hit over three shutout innings against the Yankees. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins will likely be in the lineup after skipping Thursday's trip to Fort Myers.
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