Hamels feels ready for Opening Day start

Lefty allows one earned run on six hits in final spring start vs. Braves

Hamels feels ready for Opening Day start

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cole Hamels completed his final tuneup Wednesday for his Opening Day start against the Red Sox.

He allowed six hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings in the Phils' 9-2 victory over the Braves at Bright House Field. It was his final Grapefruit League start before he pitches Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park.

"It takes six starts [in Spring Training] to really feel comfortable and confident," Hamels said afterward. "When it comes to the start of the season, you just want to have that positive feeling and positive feedback from the spring that you're healthy and everything is working. Right now, I definitely feel a lot more sharp than two weeks ago."

Hamels, who could be traded this season as the Phillies build for the future, struggled at the beginning of spring as he worked on establishing his fastball command, among other things. But in his last two starts, he allowed eight hits, one earned run and four walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

"Health-wise, I feel really strong this year," Hamels said.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.