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Hamels Reaches Deal; Next a Milestone

Cole Hamels' next start will be his 200th as a Phil.

Hamels Reaches Deal; Next a Milestone

On Friday, Cole Hamels will become just the ninth Phillies to make 200 career starts. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
On Friday, Cole Hamels will become just the ninth Phillies to make 200 career starts. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Now that he has agreed to a contract extenstion, Cole Hamels' next task is to reach a milestone — 200 career starts. He'll do that Friday in Atlanta, becoming just the ninth Phil to reach that mark.

The top 10:

 Pitcher  Starts 
 Steve Carlton  499
 Robin Roberts  472
 Chris Short  301
 Pete Alexander  280
 Curt Simmons  263
 Curt Schilling  226
 Larry Christenson    220
 Jim Bunning  208
 Cole Hamels  199
 Dick Ruthven  198
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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