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33 Cliff Lee SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 8/30/1978 | Birthplace: Benton, AR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Philadelphia | College: Arkansas | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $25,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/92 | Average Draft Position: 21.34
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Cliff Lee strikes out 13 in complete-game loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee surrendered just one earned run on 11 hits and one walk in nine innings while striking out 13 but took the complete-game loss as he was outdueled by Julio Teheran in the Braves' 1-0 win Wednesday.

Lee (2-2) has been ratcheting up his strikeout rate in each successive start this season, culminating in his excellent performance Wednesday in which he threw 128 pitches (85 strikes). He's just 1-2 in his last three starts despite posting quality starts in each game. Lee owns a 4.00 ERA and elite 28:2 K:BB ratio in 27 innings. He'll face the Dodgers Monday or Tuesday.


Phillies starters pushed back a day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Tuesday's rainout against the Braves forced the Phillies to push back everyone in their rotation by a day.

Tuesday's starter, Cliff Lee, will now pitch Wednesday, and A.J. Burnett (hernia) will finish off the Atlanta series Thursday. Jonathan Pettibone, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez will all pitch over the weekend against the Rockies.


Braves/Phillies won't be playing Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The Braves/Phillies game was postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather. The makeup game will be announced at a later date.

David Hale and Cliff Lee were supposed to start Tuesday's game.


Cliff Lee suffers first loss of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was on the wrong end of a decision for the first time this season on Thursday against Milwaukee.

Making his third start, Lee (2-1) yielded a run-scoring double to Aramis Ramirez and a run-scoring single to Khris Davis in the fourth. Davis doubled in another run off Lee in the sixth inning. Lee was charged with three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out eight in six innings in a 6-2 defeat. He tossed 96 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.

Lee has posted a 5.50 ERA with 15:1 K:BB ratio over 18 innings pitched. He will look to get back on track Tuesday at home against Atlanta.

Cliff Lee earns second win with seven scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee moved to 2-0 by holding the Cubs scoreless on 10 hits in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 2-0 win Saturday.

Lee recorded his first win of the season Monday despite surrendering eight earned runs in five innings, but he did much more to earn the victory Saturday. He managed just one 1-2-3 inning but was able to work out of trouble all game, lowering his ERA to 6.00 in the process. Lee is slated to face the Brewers Thursday.


Cliff Lee picks up win in opener despite eight-run outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee gave up eight earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in five innings while striking out one but still picked up the win in his team's 14-10 victory over the Rangers in Monday's opener.

Two seasons ago, Lee allowed eight runs through his first five starts combined, yet he wasn't able to pick up a victory until July and finished the 2012 season with a 6-9 record and 3.16 ERA. This year, he opens the season 1-0 with a 14.40 ERA. He'll take the mound Saturday against the Cubs as he looks to dig out of an early statistical hole.


Cliff Lee appears ready to make opening day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee made his final spring start Wednesday against the Tigers, Lee looks as though he's ready to make his opening day start against the Rangers.

The veteran left-handed hurler allowed one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out seven in five innings. The only run Lee gave up was on a Miguel Cabrera groundout in the first inning after Ian Kinsler had a one-out triple.

Lee finishes the spring with a 2.55 ERA in six starts. He struck out 26 batters in 24 2/3 innings.


Phillies to use four-man rotation until April 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said the team will use four starting pitchers -- Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez -- until April 13, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sandberg said starting pitcher David Buchanan could then be summoned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to join the rotation.

Cliff Lee solid as usual in holding down Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Phillies veteran left-hander Cliff Lee took another step forward in preparation for the regular season with a fine performance Friday against a Boston lineup albeit lacking in starters.

Lee received no run support during his stint, so he felt right at home. He surrendered just two runs on three hits in six innings with one walk and six strikeouts. He now owns a 2.75 spring training ERA.


Cliff Lee will start opening day for Phillies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg announced Monday veteran starting pitcher Cliff Lee will take the hill opening day (March 31) against the Rangers. Lee is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in four spring starts.

Cliff Lee stays sharp in win over Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Phillies starter Cliff Lee looked sharp on Saturday, earning his first win of the spring against the Red Sox.

Lee yielded three hits and one walk while striking out three over five scoreless innings of work. He has surrendered four runs over 13 2/3 innings in four Grapefruit League starts.


Cliff Lee strikes out five in third spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee struck out a spring-high five batters during his third start Monday against the Braves. The veteran left-hander allowed two runs on three hits and one walk in 3 2/3 innings.

Lee has totaled 10 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. He has a 4.15 ERA.


Cliff Lee goes three innings in second start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee increased his workload a bit in his second start of the spring Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Lee tossed three innings this time around, after finishing two in his first start. He allowed one run on three hits without walking a hitter, while striking out two batters. He has now allowed two runs in five innings of work, with five strikeouts and no walks.


Cliff Lee gives up one run in first exhibition start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee gave up a run in his first inning of spring training work Thursday against the Blue Jays, but that was all in a 7-5 loss.

Lee was tagged for one run in the first inning on a double by Jose Bautista, but quieted the Blue Jays otherwise. He allowed the run on two hits in two innings, and struck out three more while facing eight batters total.

Lee was his typically excellent self last year, finishing with a 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings of work. He is likely to be the team's opening day starter. 


Cliff Lee brushes off trade rumors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Phillies veteran left-hander Cliff Lee has downplayed trade talk that has followed him for a couple years.

"I don't really care," he told CSNPhilly.com after making his spring debut Thursday. "There's no sense really thinking about it. Honesty, it usually means a good thing. It means you've had success and other teams really want you. So that's a positive."

Trade rumors cropped again this winter. Lee does not have a full no-trade clause in his contract.

"It seems like every year that's going on," he said. "I don't have control over it, so there's no sense worrying about it. I signed back with the Phillies because I wanted to come here and win, and that's what I intend on doing."

Lee could be plagued again this season with a lack of run support. He boasts just a 20-17 record the past two seasons combined despite an ERA of 3.01.


Phillies willing to talk about Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The Phillies have told teams they are willing to discuss pitchers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, according to ESPN.

Hamels signed a long-term extension in 2012, and is owed about $22.5 million per season through 2018. The deal also includes an option for $20 million. He had a 3.60 ERA in 220 innings. Lee is owed $50 million over the next two seasons. He has a $27.5 million option for 2016. Lee had a 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings last season. The Phillies will not eat any money, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.


Cliff Lee Ks 13 in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Phillies starter Cliff Lee turned in a dominant outing in a losing effort Friday night against Atlanta. The left-hander, who was making his final start of the season, surrendered a solo home run to Chris Johnson in the eighth inning for his only blemish of the night. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out 13 over eight innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Lee allowed two earned runs or fewer in his final eight starts. He finished this season 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 222:32 K:BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings.


Cliff Lee a tough-luck loser to Mets


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2013) Cliff Lee had a solid outing for the Phillies on Sunday, but he was outdueled by the Mets' Carlos Torres in a 4-3 loss. Lee went seven innings, allowing only two earned runs (three runs total) on eight hits and no walks.

In striking out eight Mets batters, Lee raised his season total of strikeouts to 209, while he lowered his ERA slightly to 2.93. Lee's record dropped to 14-7.


Cliff Lee strikes out 14 in win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Philadelphia starting pitcher Cliff Lee got the start at home against the Marlins and a hurler making his major league debut as a starter Monday night. Lee put on a clinic as the youngster faltered.

The veteran mowed down 14 Marlins batters on his way to his 14th win of the season. Lee (14-6) now has 201 strikeouts on the season for Philadelphia as he gave up two earned runs on eight hits and no walks over eight outstanding innings Monday. He threw 113 pitches and his ERA is now at 2.95 on the year.

At the plate, Lee did more than enough damage to earn his own win. He went 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBI in the game. He's batting .179 this season for Philadelphia.

That is three straight wins for Lee, who has won his last four decisions overall. The veteran hasn't lost since Aug. 16 against the Dodgers and he went eight innings in that one. He went over 200 innings pitched Monday for the sixth consecutive season. Lee has continued to pitch well all season for the Phillies and is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at home against the Mets.

Cliff Lee strikes out nine in win no. 13


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee racked up nine strikeouts while holding the Padres to two earned runs (both on solo home runs) on five hits and one walk in Wedensday's 4-2 win.

Lee moved to 13-6 while completing eight innings for the fourth time in his last six starts. He hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. Lee goes into Monday's matchup with the Marlins with a 2.97 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 187:32 K:BB ratio.


Cliff Lee moved up a day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Phillies starter Cliff Lee will start Wednesday against the Padres. 

Lee was tabbed for Thursday's game, but the team wanted to give Roy Halladay an extra day off due to an illness. Lee has a 3.01 ERA in 191 2/3 innings. 


Cliff Lee Ks 10 in dominant outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Phillies starter Cliff Lee (12-6) outdueled Mike Minor and the Braves as he earned his 12th win of the season Friday night. The left-hander yielded one run on two hits and no walks while striking out 10 over eight innings of a 2-1 victory.

Lee has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against San Diego. He gave up two runs over eight innings pitched in his previous meeting against the Padres June 24.

Cliff Lee hit around in no-decision


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Phillies starter Cliff Lee took a no-decision in Saturday's loss against the Cubs.

Lee allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits over just five innings. He struck out four but was uncharacteristically wild, as he walked three batters. His ERA sits at 3.09 after the disappointing effort against one of the worst offenses in the National League.


Cliff Lee sharp for 11th victory


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee has been pitching well with little to show for it of late. He took the mound Monday in New York hoping to change that.

Lee did just that as he went eight outstanding innings of one-run ball to earn a 2-1 win. He improved to 11-6 on the year with the victory as he gave up just the one run on five hits and a walk. Lee struck out seven over 121 pitches.

With his ERA lowering to 3.07, Lee has continued to pitch well for the Phillies, though the wins have sometimes been tough to come by. He picked one up Monday and makes his next scheduled start Saturday at the Chicago Cubs.

Cliff Lee strikes out six in quality start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee turned in a quality start in Wednesday's game against the Rockies but didn't factor into the decision in the 4-3 win, giving up two earned runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking none in seven innings.

Lee is 0-4 in his last six starts despite throwing quality starts in his last three. He brings a 10-6 record, 3.16 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 157:27 K:BB ratio into Monday's matchup with the Mets.