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Tampa Bay at Philadelphia

    Phillies 2, Rays 1

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    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Cole Hamels is thinking about this season and not the chances for free-agent riches next winter.

    The 28-year-old left-hander prepped for the regular season by retiring his first 11 batters Thursday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Hamels allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings, giving up Evan Longoria's fourth-inning home run. He struck out seven and walked two.

    Hamels is making $15 million this year, then can become a free agent.

    "I haven't been thinking about it at all," he said. "It's going to be one of those things that's going to linger until something happens. But fortunately, with the way I go out every single day and the approach I take is just to go out and get in good shape and get my workouts in and do everything I could possibly do right on the field and then just things will take care of itself."

    With Ryan Howard set to begin the 2012 season on the disabled list while recovering from left Achilles' surgery, Jim Thome made his third start at first base in five games. After little action in two games earlier this week, the 41-year-old Thome had his first ball hit his way.

    Tampa's Carlos Pena ripped a ball down the first base line that Thome was able to get to and flip to Hamels for the first out of the fifth inning. Thome stumbled to the ground after completing his half of the play.

    "I asked him why he fell down," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sad. "I asked him, Did you catch the ball or did the ball catch you?' He said, `I caught the damn ball."'

    Thome played six innings at first base and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

    Brian Schneider hit his first home run of spring training. He had a one-out, opposite-field double to left in the ninth, and Hector Luna hit a game-ending single.

    Jeremy Hellickson gave up one run and seven hits in six innings for the Rays.

    NOTES: The Phillies selected the contract of OF Juan Pierre. The 34-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Phillies over the winter that included a March 30 opt-out clause if he was not added to the 40-man roster. Pierre went 2-for-2 and is hitting .313. ... Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. informed C Tuffy Gosewisch and OF Luis Montanez they would not make the 25-man opening-day roster. Both players will continue to travel with the team, however, in the event of injury. . ... Philadelphia RHP Mike Stutes will not pitch as scheduled on Friday in Tampa. Stutes has shoulder soreness and won't throw again until Saturday. ... The Phillies optioned C Erik Kratz to their minor league camp and reassigned utilityman Tim Kennelly there.

     
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    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Desmond Jennings, CF3010010 .324
        Jesus Feliciano, CF0000000 .273
    Jeff Keppinger, DH-LF4010000 .348
    Evan Longoria, 3B4111033 .206
    Ben Zobrist, RF4000022 .222
        Jeff Salazar, RF0000000 .276
    Carlos Pena, 1B4000012 .119
    Jose Molina, C3000010 .206
        Will Rhymes, 2B0000100 .174
    Matt Joyce, LF3000121 .180
    Sean Rodriguez, SS1000100 .194
        Reid Brignac, SS1000000 .368
    Elliot Johnson, 2B3010002 .192
        Jake Depew, C0000000 .000
    Totals30141310  
    Batting
    2B - Desmond Jennings (1, Hamels), Elliot Johnson (4, Savery)
    HR - Evan Longoria (2, Hamels)
    SH - Desmond Jennings (1)
    RBI - Evan Longoria (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (1)
    SB - Desmond Jennings (4, 3rd base off Hamels/Schneider), Will Rhymes (2, 2nd base off Papelbon/Schneider)
    Team LOB - 6
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jeremy Hellickson 6711231 10.13
    Marquis Fleming 2000020 5.40
    Ryan Reid (L,0-1) 0.1311000 3.18
    HBP - Orr (by Ryan Reid)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 5-10, Marquis Fleming 3-1, Ryan Reid 1-0
    Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 27, Marquis Fleming 6, Ryan Reid 5
    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Pete Orr, SS-3B4000012 .294
    Placido Polanco, 3B2010100 .444
        Miguel Abreu, SS1000011 .333
       a- Hector Luna, PH1011000 .302
    Hunter Pence, RF3010003 .268
       b- Scott Podsednik, PH-RF1000011 .347
    Jim Thome, 1B2000101 .276
        John Mayberry Jr., PR-1B1000000 .188
    Shane Victorino, CF4020000 .283
    Laynce Nix, LF3000013 .186
       c- Lou Montanez, PH1000000 .333
    Ty Wigginton, 2B4000003 .200
    Brian Schneider, C4121012 .259
        Tuffy Gosewisch, PR0100000 .333
        Juan Pierre, LF2020000 .313
    Totals35210225  
    a-singled for Abreu in the 9th
    b-struck out for Pence in the 7th
    c-grounded out for Savery in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Brian Schneider (1, Reid)
    HR - Brian Schneider (1, Hellickson)
    RBI - Hector Luna (10), Brian Schneider (3)
    SB - Juan Pierre (3, 2nd base off Fleming/Molina)
    Team LOB - 11
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Cole Hamels 5.2311271 3.42
    Chad Qualls 0.1000010 4.00
    Joe Savery 2100010 3.24
    Jonathan Papelbon (W,2-0) 1000110 0.90
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-4, Joe Savery 3-2, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
    Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 22, Chad Qualls 1, Joe Savery 7, Jonathan Papelbon 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10478
    Game Time - 2:56
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Mark Lollo