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Cliff Lee | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
Contract: view contract details

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Tuesday's game between the Braves and Phillies has been postponed due to storms in Philadelphia.
Cliff Lee was scheduled to pitch for the Phils and David Hale was on tap for the Braves. No makeup date has been announced. Lee will pitch Wednesday night and A.J. Burnett will be pushed back to Thursday. Apr 15 - 4:28 PM

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Cliff Lee took his first loss after giving up three runs in six innings Thursday against the Brewers.

Lee struck out eight and walked none, but the Brewers got to him for eight hits, including four for extra bases. Blame a combination of bad defense and bad luck for Lee's start so far. He's allowed just one homer and one walk to go along with 15 strikeouts in 18 innings, but he's given up 29 hits.
Apr 10 - 10:13 PM

Cliff Lee spun seven shutout frames in a 2-0 win over the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.

That's more like it. After being knocked around for eight runs by the Rangers on Opening Day, Lee held the Cubs off the board despite scattering 10 hits. Granted, nine out of the 10 hits were singles. The southpaw stuck out six and walked none in the victory. He's going to just be fine.
Apr 5 - 5:38 PM

Cliff Lee won on Opening Day despite giving up eight runs in five innings against the Rangers.

Kill the win? Lee was given a six-run lead in the second, blew it by allowing seven runs in the next two frames, only to get another bounty to work with in what ended up being a 14-10 game. It's just the third time since 2008 that a pitcher has allowed eight runs and won. Lee, then pitching for Seattle, also did it on May 21, 2010. Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson was the last to do it (May 17, 2013 against the Orioles).
Mar 31 - 6:34 PM

Cliff Lee allowed one run in five innings and struck out seven Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

Lee is probably used to this by now, but he ends the spring 1-2 despite a 2.55 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll face off against the Rangers and Tanner Scheppers on Opening Day.
Mar 26 - 4:32 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg on Monday named Cliff Lee the club's Opening Day starter.

With Roy Halladay retired and Cole Hamels (shoulder) injured, there weren't any other real options. He'll be followed in the rotation by A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick. Lee, 35, holds a pristine 2.80 ERA in his three seasons in Philadelphia.
Mar 17 - 1:28 PM

Cliff Lee held the Blue Jays to one run over three innings in Tuesday's loss.

The veteran southpaw gave up three hits, struck out two and didn't walk anyone. We shouldn't read too much into Lee's spring results if they're good or bad, as he should be fine-tuned by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Mar 4 - 9:36 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have indicated to teams that they are "ready and willing" to discuss Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades.

It's likely just a matter of due diligence, but given the prices in free agency, the Phillies could land a huge haul for either pitcher. Lee is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons while his contract includes a $27.5 million club option for 2016 or a $12.5 million buyout. Hamels just inked a six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies last July and is under contract through at least 2018. Both can reject trades to 21 teams. We doubt that they'll actually be moved, but the Phillies are at least willing to listen.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Cliff Lee impressively racked up 13 strikeouts against the Braves on Friday, but was handed a tough-luck loss after surrendering just one run on three hits over eight masterful innings.

The 34-year-old southpaw was engaged in a fantastic pitching duel with Kris Medlen, trading zeroes until Chris Johnson tagged Lee for a solo homer in the eighth inning. Lee wraps up another dominant season at the front of the Phillies rotation, posting a 14-8 record, 2.87 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 222/32 K/BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings. He's as reliable as they come in fantasy leagues, and should be among the top tier of hurlers off the board in next Spring's drafts.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 09:53:00 PM

Cliff Lee struck out 14 while pitching eight innings of two-run ball and knocked in four runs as the Phillies pummeled the Marlins 12-2 on Monday.

Lee had a two-run single in the third, an RBI triple in the fifth and then an RBI single in the seventh. He drove in more runs tonight than he had in his 28 previous starts this season (two). He also drove in more runs than the Phillies had scored in 17 of those 28 starts. Oh, yeah, and he fanned 14 batters, the second highest total of his career. He struck out 16 against the Braves on May 6, 2011.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Cliff Lee struck out nine while limiting the Padres to two runs over eight innings in Wednesday's 4-2 win.

Two of the five hits Lee surrendered were solo homers, but that's all the Padres were able to muster off of the veteran left-hander. After going through a bit of a rough stretch while nursing a neck issue, Lee has rebounded with a 2.00 ERA over his last five outings. He'll have a good chance to keep it going next week at home against the Marlins.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:55:00 PM

Cliff Lee allowed one run on two hits over eight innings in the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Braves on Friday.

Lee had it all working, striking out 10 while not walking a batter. The lone Braves run came on a solo homer from Andrelton Simmons, but they could only muster a single the rest of the night. Lee is a nice play his next time out as well, taking on the Padres on Thursday.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 09:29:00 PM

Cliff Lee allowed three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

Chicago tagged Lee for nine hits and drew three walks against him. The left-hander has won just two games since mid-June but still boasts a 3.09 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 183 2/3 innings. He'll face off against the Braves next.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 07:41:00 PM

Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of one-run ball, striking out seven, in a victory over the Mets on Monday.

Despite getting just two runs of support, Lee won for the first time since July 5. He might be having more fun right now had the Phillies traded him to a contender last month. On the plus side, he does have 11 wins this year with practically the same ERA that got him six victories in 30 starts last season.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Cliff Lee allowed two runs on nine hits in seven innings of a no-decision against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Lee's night started a bit, well, rocky as he allowed two second-inning runs, but he rebounded to blank the Rockies for five more innings before exiting. He gave up the nine hits but didn't walk a batter, striking out six. He's still winless since July 5 despite owning a 3.16 ERA for the year, a touching homage to his disastrous 2012 season. He'll try to get back in the win column Monday against the Mets at Citi Field.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 10:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2John Mayberry
3Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Jayson Nix
3B1Cody Asche
LF1Domonic Brown
CF1Ben Revere
2Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
6Jonathan Pettibone
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ethan Martin
6B.J. Rosenberg
7Mario Hollands
8Jeff Manship