Mar 4, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) warms up in the first inning before playing the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Cliff Lee gets Opening Day nod for Phillies

Cliff Lee’s first appearance in Texas since 2010 will be as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. It will come on Opening Day.

Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that the Phillies have set their season opening rotation as they get ready to take on the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Cliff Lee will begin the afternoon game on March 31st, and he will be followed by free agent acquisition A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick. The Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, and Alexi Ogando.

Cliff Lee had a great rebound year in 2013 for the Phillies, going 14-8, putting up a 2.87 ERA, making 31 starts and pitching 222.2 innings. Since 2005, Lee has pitched at least 200 innings in every season. In 2010, he was traded to Texas from Seattle and led that team to its first World Series berth in franchise history.

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