LAKELAND, Fla. - Cole Hamels is ready for games that matter.
The Philadelphia Phillies' opening-day starter pitched three scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Hamels' last tune-up before starting the regular-season opener Monday night in Atlanta.
"We're ready to get back to real baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Cole has been dominant and he's just ready to start the season. I know what we need to get out of him. I know he's ready."
Hamels got in his work and was done after three innings. Torii Hunter's first-inning double was the only hit Hamels allowed. The lefty struck out three.
Michael Young went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs for the Phillies. Ben Revere went 2-for-4, raising his spring average to .325, and scored two runs. Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo, the only Phillies pitchers in the game besides Hamels who are likely to make the opening-day roster, each pitched one perfect inning. Bastardo struck out two.
The Phillies will play their final spring game in Clearwater today when Roy Halladay starts against the Blue Jays. Brandon Morrow will start for Toronto.
For the Tigers, ace pitcher Justin Verlander allowed one earned run in 5 innings. Rookie Bruce Rondon, who entered camp as the favorite to be Detroit's closer, allowed two runs in only two-thirds of an inning.
Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsend was hit by a Verlander pitch in his left wrist but said it wasn't a problem.
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