Phillies Pitcher Cliff Lee Looking Forward to Start of Season

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — After finishing 73-89 last season, the Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to get back to contending in the N.L. East in 2014.

This offseason they brought in veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett to solidify their starting rotation, which also includes Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, and Cliff Lee.

Lee was 14-8 last season and finished with a 2.87 ERA and is looking forward to getting the season started.

“I know what my job is, I know what I need to do to prepare,” Lee said on Tuesday.  “I definitely take pride in what I do and want to be the best I can.”

Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner spoke about what he’d like to focus on before the season gets under way.

“I want to locate fastballs for sure,” Lee said.  “I definitely need to use my curveball more; I’m going to mix it in more often.”

The four-time All-Star thinks the pitching staff will bounce back with the addition of Burnett.

“Cole Hamels is a huge part of it,” Lee said.  “I think Burnett has been a huge addition, I think it makes our rotation that much deeper.”

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