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Phillies | Cliff Lee prone to long ball?

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed two solo home runs Thursday, March 7, and he said he might be prone to giving up more home runs than other pitchers because he's constantly around the strike zone. "That comes along with throwing a lot of strikes usually," Lee said. "And that's what I'm trying to do. Occasionally, they'll be swing mode and run into a pitch if I leave it over the plate. That's what happens. I just have to make sure I do a better job of keeping the ball down, especially if I sense they are in swing mode." Only Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon threw more strikes than Lee last season. Lee's 11.8 home run per fly ball rate last year was the highest mark for him in the last four years.

2013-03-07 12:37:53 | Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Gelb

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