Lee Slips on the Red & Gray

Heralded lefty Cliff Lee will make his Phillies debut Friday night in San Francisco as the Phils try to get back on the winning track against the Giants.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will make his National League debut when he takes the mound for the Phils.

The Phightins new ace certainly looked comfortable with his new club and in his new colors. Lee sported a bright blue Phillies No. 34 jersey and red cap in the visitor's dugout Thursday at AT&T Park.

Fans can be among the first (besides Lee himself) to slip on that No. 34 jersey.

Lee jerseys will be put on sale around noon Saturday at the South Philly (15 Snyder Ave.) and Northeast (2329 Cottman Ave.) Modell’s Sporting Goods Stores.

Enough about the gear -- how does Lee feel about his new team?

``It's a win-win situation. Now I'm playing for the defending world champions. With the offense we've got, it's going to be fun to watch these games and be a part of it,'' said Lee, who followed the Phillies during their 2008 run. ``They had a good team and they've still got a good team. All the pieces are back. Hopefully I can help them repeat. That's the ultimate goal.''

And what about pressure?

He just shrugged.

``Not really, no,'' Lee said. ``Honestly, I don't. I look at things pretty simple. For me, it's an opportunity to help a team that's already successful. They've already got an unbelievable team. My job is to come in here and throw strikes and give them a chance to win every time I pitch. I don't put any extra pressure on myself at all.''

Of course any fan who wants to see Lee start on the track to helping the Phils win will have to stay up late Friday. The first pitch between the Phils and G-Men isn’t scheduled until 10:15 p.m. EST.

So make it a late night and good luck getting up to buy Lee’s jersey Saturday morning.

Now when do the Ben Francisco jerseys go on sale?

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