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    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Despite giving up a pair of home runs in only his third spring training start, Cliff Lee says he's ready for the season.

    Lee threw about 60 pitches Friday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and said he could've thrown 100.

    "I'm right where I need to be," he said. "It's just a matter of getting to where I'm locating more consistently. And today I did that better than I have my previous outings."

    Lee allowed three runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked one.

    Pirates starter Kevin Correia tossed four shutout innings, giving up only one hit in his best outing of the spring.

    "It was just a matter of trying to be a little more efficient," Correia said. "I think I've thrown all right my other outings. I think my pitch count was a little higher than I wanted it to be in my previous outings in spring training. Today, I was a lot more efficient."

    The team's opening-day starter last year had two strikeouts against a Philadelphia lineup missing most of its stars.

    Hunter Pence, one of the few Phillies' regulars to make the trip, struck out in two of his three at-bats.

    Starling Marte, the Pirates' top outfield prospect, led off the first by taking Lee deep, sending a 2-1 fastball over the wall in left field. It was the second home run of the spring for Marte, who is hitting .500 with 17 total bases in 20 at-bats.

    Despite his spring success, the Pirates remain committed to sending Marte to Triple-A to start the season. He finished 2011 in Double-A.

    "We're not going to change our mind," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We want a complete package when he comes up here. He's got some work to do."

    Jake Fox hit his second home run of the spring, driving a 1-0 changeup over the left field wall to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.

    Lee said his home run pitches to Marte and Fox were left over the plate - and while he feels strong, his location will be a focal point through the remainder of spring training.

    Kyle Kendrick relieved Lee with two outs in the fifth inning and finished the game, striking out five batters over 3 1-3 scoreless innings.

    Evan Meek, a 2010 All-Star who missed most of last season with a right shoulder injury, had his second consecutive scoreless outing.

    "It's just a repetition thing at this point," Meek said.

    The Phillies scored twice in the ninth inning off Bryan Morris, though both runs were unearned. With runners on first and second, Morris got Juan Pierre to ground out to second to end the game. The Phillies were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

    NOTES: The Phillies released left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis. A two-time All Star with the Florida Marlins, Willis was competing for a spot in the bullpen. The Phillies also reassigned catcher Steven Lerud to minor league camp Friday morning. . Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown (stiff neck) was scratched from the lineup for the second consecutive day. He took batting practice Friday morning but was still having issues. . Pirates catcher Rod Barajas returned to the lineup three days after his wife gave birth to the couple's seventh child, daughter Starlette Barajas, in San Diego. He was 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

     
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    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Juan Pierre, RF4000103 .250
    Scott Podsednik, CF3010111 .333
    Hunter Pence, DH3000021 .286
       a- Erik Kratz, PH-DH1000002 .273
    John Mayberry Jr., 1B3000002 .206
        Hector Luna, 1B0100000 .250
    Lou Montanez, LF4110001 .417
    Pete Orr, 3B4010023 .276
    Brian Schneider, C3000002 .214
        Tuffy Gosewisch, C0000100 .286
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B3011000 .192
    Freddy Galvis, SS3010001 .273
        Miguel Abreu, SS10110001.000
    Totals3226235  
    a-lined out for Pence in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Pete Orr (3, Correia), Kevin Frandsen (2, Meek)
    SF - Kevin Frandsen (1)
    RBI - Kevin Frandsen (6), Miguel Abreu (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Miguel Abreu (1)
    SB - Juan Pierre (2, 2nd base off Wilson/McKenry), Scott Podsednik (4, 2nd base off Correia/Barajas)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Frandsen-Galvis-Luna
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Cliff Lee (L,1-1) 4.2533152 4.66
    Kyle Kendrick 3.1000050 0.00
    HBP - Navarro (by Kyle Kendrick)
    WP - Cliff Lee (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-3, Kyle Kendrick 3-1
    Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 20, Kyle Kendrick 10
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Starling Marte, CF4221020 .500
    Clint Barmes, SS3010000 .350
        Jordy Mercer, SS1000010 .214
    Casey McGehee, 1B3001000 .286
        Jeff Clement, 1B1000000 .000
    Rod Barajas, C2000011 .333
        Michael McKenry, C1000010 .200
    Neil Walker, 2B3010000 .250
        Josh Harrison, 2B0000000 .571
    Pedro Alvarez, 3B2000110 .200
        Matt Hague, 3B0000000 .429
    Brandon Boggs, RF2000022 .059
        Nate McLouth, LF1000010 .400
    Gorkys Hernandez, LF2000002 .158
        Yamaico Navarro, RF0000000 .320
       a- Jake Fox, PH1111000 .313
       b- Garrett Jones, PH1000001 .381
    Totals28353110  
    a-homered for Meek in the 5th
    b-grounded into a double play for McPherson in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Starling Marte (3, Lee), Jake Fox (2, Lee)
    RBI - Starling Marte (4), Casey McGehee (5), Jake Fox (5)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    DP - McPherson-Mercer-Clement
    E - Matt Hague (1, Throwing)
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kevin Correia (W,1-0) 4100120 0.00
    Evan Meek (H,2) 1100010 9.82
    Justin Wilson (H,2) 1000110 3.18
    Kyle McPherson (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Daniel Moskos (H,1) 1200000 0.00
    Bryan Morris (S,1) 1120110 0.00
    HBP - Luna (by Bryan Morris)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 8-2, Evan Meek 1-1, Justin Wilson 1-1, Kyle McPherson 1-1, Daniel Moskos 2-1, Bryan Morris 2-1
    Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 14, Evan Meek 4, Justin Wilson 4, Kyle McPherson 3, Daniel Moskos 5, Bryan Morris 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6547
    Game Time - 2:15
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Paul Emmel