CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cliff Lee noticed a kink in his delivery following his first Grapefruit League start last week.
He fixed it Sunday. He allowed two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field. Lee looked good, pounding the strike zone and baffling hitters along the way.
"I've been making the same mistakes over and over a little bit on some things," Lee said in the Phillies' clubhouse afterward. "I think I figured out why and I tried to apply them today and it worked."
Lee's plant foot had twisted slightly as he moved toward the plate. It should remain square against the rubber. Lee said he figured it out between warming up in the bullpen and taking the mound in the top of the first inning. Did he see a vision? A bright light?
"I saw a light," Lee said. "It told me to do something and I did it. Bam! It's amazing. It's why I didn't want to tell you about it. I don't think you'd really believe it."
Lee said he feels good following two starts.
"I'm happy with where I'm at, but every year is different," he said. "Different challenges. You're trying to steadily improve, but, yeah, I feel good where I'm at. My body feels good. For the most part I'm throwing the ball remotely close to where I'm trying to. It's a good thing."