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Pace of Cole Hamels talks to heat up

Updated: July 23, 2012, 10:18 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Cole Hamels' representatives expect to ramp up the pace of contract talks this week as they approach what a source said is a "sensitive" stage of negotiations.

The two sides took a brief hiatus over the weekend, as Hamels pitched against San Francisco on Saturday in Philadelphia and agent John Boggs was traveling. But people familiar with the situation said time is of the essence as the Phillies try to reach an agreement with the three-time All-Star. ...

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