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“This is something we want to do,” he said. “We want to win 173 games and that’s what we’re going to play for.”

Hamels continued getting ready for the opener with a minor league start on Saturday, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Hamels expects to make two more exhibition starts and plans to try to reach 100 pitches his next time out.

“It’s a little stressful to do it the first time in the season,” he said. “It’s a lot easier transition to do it here first.”


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