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Hamels preparing for possible Game 5

Hamels preparing for possible Game 5

DENVER -- Cole Hamels has plenty on his mind these days.

His wife, Heidi, gave birth to their first son, Caleb Michael, on Friday, so he has been a father for a little more than two days. And with Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Rockies postponed Saturday because of cold weather and snow, Hamels lines up to pitch Game 5 on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, if necessary.

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Hamels is back in Philadelphia, working out on his own while the Phillies play in Denver.

"He knows what he needs to do," said Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, asked about Hamels working out on his own.

It made no sense for Hamels to fly to Denver to join the team at Coors Field. Regardless of what happens in Game 3 on Sunday, Hamels would have flown to Philadelphia on Monday so he is well rested for a potential Game 5.

"He's going to long toss, probably throw a little bit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He'll be ready to pitch, so that's no problem."

Hamels allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Thursday in Game 2, but Manuel said he thought Hamels pitched better than his line indicated.

"First of all, his performance the other day was not a bad performance," Manuel said. "We were behind, 4-0, when he left the game. I thought his stuff was pretty good, and actually I liked how he threw."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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