Lee pleased with location in start vs. Bucs

Lee pleased with location in start vs. Bucs

BRADENTON, Fla -- Cliff Lee sounded Friday like a pitcher who is ready for the regular season to begin.

Asked how many more spring starts he will make before Opening Day, the left-hander nonchalantly shrugged.

The correct answer is probably three, not that Lee is counting.

Asked if hopes to have a 100-pitch outing before the Phillies break camp, Lee said, "I could have went 100 today."

Lee pitched the first 4 2/3 innings of the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Pirates, yielding five hits, including two homers.

"I felt fine, I felt strong the whole time," said Lee. "I located my pitches better than I have in my previous outings."

Lee is now 1-1 after three starts. "I made a couple of mistakes, obviously, on the home runs, but overall I was locating good," he said.

Lee went 17-8 for the Phillies last year.