Phillies' Lee is 'ready to go'

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — For Cliff Lee, it is time to clear out of Florida.


The Philadelphia lefty made his final exhibition start Sunday, allowing one run over four innings as the Phillies and Atlanta Braves played to a 7-all tie.

The game was called after nine innings.

Lee, set to pitch Saturday at Pittsburgh in the Phillies’ second regular season game, allowed five hits and walked one.

“I am ready to go,” Lee said. “I started a little stiff but it’s been a long spring and I am just ready for the season.”

Julio Teheran, trying to win the final spot in Atlanta’s rotation, saw his spring ERA climb to 9.37 after giving up four earned runs in 3 1-3 innings.

Teheran, the Braves’ top pitching prospect, is competing with rookie Randall Delgado. The Braves signed veteran Livan Hernandez on Friday as a spot starter after he was released by Houston.

• Braves outfielder Jason Heyward left after the third inning with what Gonzalez described as cramps in his upper left leg. ... Gonzalez said Martin Prado might take over in left field if newly acquired third baseman Juan Francisco is ready to play third while Chipper Jones rehabs from his injured right knee.

The Braves got Francisco in a deal with Cincinnati on Sunday.


DUSTUP: Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez nailed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow Sunday, carrying their festering feud onto the field and causing the Indians and Colorado Rockies to clear the benches.

Tulowitzki and Jimenez jawed up close but were held back from getting at each other. The Rockies star was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays on his left elbow, which were negative.

“Of course I’m going to be sorry, he’s one of the superstar players in the game,” Jimenez said. “You don’t want to be in the position that you’re going to take the guy out of the game. He was my ex-teammate. I don’t want to hurt him at all.”

Tulowitzki’s elbow was swollen, but he says he’ll be ready for Opening Day.


RED SOX: Manager Bobby Valentine said closer Andrew Bailey will travel to Boston on Monday to have his right thumb examined.

Bailey, who was acquired in a December trade with the Athletics, has not pitched in a game since March 25.



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