Werth, Lee meet up for first time in 2011

On a broader scale, Ruben Amaro had to make a choice: re-sign Jayson Werth, who turned down arbitration, or go after the most coveted pitcher on the market in Cliff Lee.

Not a single soul in Philadelphia doesn’t know what the outcome was.

The Phils are glad to have Cliff Lee back, even at the cost of losing Jayson Werth. (Photo by David Pokress)

With Lee back in Philadelphia and Werth on the division rival Washington Nationals, the left-handed ace and the right-handed power hitter were bound to meet up this season. And that first meeting will be tonight in Washington D.C.

Werth and Lee have met once before in their careers. On June 18, 2007 when Lee was an Indian and Werth was a Phillie, Werth went 1-for-3, striking out once in the Indians 10-1 win.

Almost four years later and both players now carrying elite statuses on their shoulders, they will begin a match-up that Phils and Nats fans will pay attention to for the upcoming seasons.

Will Werth hit Lee hard, sending a message to Phils fans and Amaro or will will Lee strike out Werth, leaving him on one knee like so many pitchers have done last season?

One thing is certain, Werth will be booed once again in Washington.

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