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Hamels goes seven strong in rehab start in Clearwater

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has enjoyed some fine times at Dodger Stadium, and he hopes they continue on Wednesday night.

He has been on the disabled list because of left biceps tendinitis, but he is set to make his season debut against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke. The Phillies reinstated Hamels from the 15-day DL on Wednesday and optioned righty B.J. Rosenberg to Lehigh Valley.

Hamels is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four career starts at Dodger Stadium, including two postseason starts, although he has not pitched here since the 2009 National League Championship Series. But he also is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA (23 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings) in his first start of the season over the past five years.

Something has to give.

"I don't want those Opening Day results," Hamels said. "They haven't been too pretty the past couple of years. I'm looking to make amends."

But even if Hamels pitches well, the Phillies will have to get to Greinke, who is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five appearances (four starts) against them.

Phillies: Finally feeling good
From the beginning of the 2012 season through Tuesday's game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies had just five days when they did not had an everyday position player or member of their five-man rotation on the DL.

It happened July 18-22, 2012, a brief stretch after Roy Halladay finished a stint on the DL and before Placido Polanco was injured.

When Hamels is activated, that will by day No. 6.

Dodgers: Hanley in a slump
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez entered Tuesday with just one hit in his previous 17 at-bats over five games.

It coincides with last Wednesday's game against Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who hit Ramirez with a pitch on his left hand. Ramirez is a free agent after the season, and the Dodgers would like to see him healthy an entire season before they get serious about a contract extension.

"He's not swinging the bat like a guy whose hand is hurting," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's just a touch off. I tell him I think it's the beard. He doesn't buy it.

"He said he's seeing the ball good. The contract doesn't seem to be it. If it is, I haven't heard anything about it. ... There's been no talk about it. I don't think that's it. He knows how good he is. Is he a tick gun shy? I don't know. I think it's just going to be one pitch or one swing and he'll go off."

Worth Noting
• Cliff Lee struck out 10 Dodgers and walked none in eight scoreless innings in Monday's 7-0 victory. He is one of just two pitchers with a 30-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio or better over a 10-start span since 1990. Since Sept. 6, 2013, Lee has 92 strikeouts and three walks for a 30.7 K/BB ratio. From June 20-Aug. 7, 2001, Greg Maddux had 52 strikeouts and one walk.

• In a scoring change from the Dodgers' April 13 game against the D-backs, a sixth-inning error charged to Ramirez is now a hit for Chris Owings. Comments