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Lee has striking performance against Red Sox

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Just another afternoon for Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.

Lee allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out six in six innings on Friday in a 2-2 tie against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. He threw 35 consecutive strikes at one point, showing there is no reason not to attack the strike zone.

"Obviously with their lineup, defending world champions, you have to stay on top of things or it can get really bad really quick," said Lee, who faced Boston last weekend in Fort Myers. "It felt more like a big league game. It was good to face some of their guys again."

Lee has a 2.75 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts. He will start one more game before the season opener March 31 in Texas.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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