While his big-league teammates hopped across the bay to Tampa to play the Yankees, Cole Hamels hung out with a herd of minor leaguers.

There was no cause for concern, however, as Hamels was scheduled to pitch at the Carpenter Complex instead of George M. Steinbrenner Field. Phillies officials want to see other guys, especially in the bullpen, as much as possible against major-league hitting.

It wasn’t an easy day for Hamels, though. He pitched five innings and gave up four runs on six hits, including a home run to prospect Cody Overbeck. The outing was his first since being named Opening Day starter.

“It really is (an honor),” Hamels said. “A lot of great pitchers have had that honor, and to be one of them, it’s something I will cherish. To be able to get your team off to the right start sets the tone for the entire season. It’s something I’ll be able to remember for a really long time.”