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Phillies' Cole Hamels honored to start Opening Day

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cole Hamels says it’s an “honor” to start on Opening Day and he’ll “cherish” his first assignment when the Philadelphia Phillies begin the season at Atlanta.

Hamels already has a World Series ring, a pair of postseason MVP trophies and a lucrative contract. He’s gone from ace of a championship team to being the No. 4 starter in a star-filled rotation and now back to No. 1. Even before Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee joined the Phillies, Brett Myers got the nod over Hamels for Opening Day. Now it’s finally Hamels’ chance.

‘’It’s something I will cherish,” he says. “It’s something I’ll be able to remember for a really long time. At the same time, it’s going to be a great season.”

METS: Justin Turner became the latest injured New York player.

Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured third baseman David Wright, sprained his right ankle in the fourth inning of Saturday’s loss to Miami while attempting a throw after fielding a ball hit by Justin Ruggiano. Turner went to the hospital to take precautionary X-rays.

“I think just getting up, going to make the throw, I caught my front spike on the lip of the grass, and then in order to try to catch my balance, all my weight went on my right foot, and I turned it over,” Turner said. “I don’t think it’s too bad though. I was able to walk off on my own, and it’s not too swollen. So, hopefully, as long as it doesn’t blow up overnight and get too bad, it will just be a couple days.”

RANGERS: Right-hander Kyle McClellan could miss the first month of the season because of a strained lat muscle. The club says he should need three to four weeks of recovery before beginning a throwing program


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