Cole Hamels

, pitcher

John Smoltz

was upset when his contract was unilaterally renewed by his team, the Braves, in 1991.

His advice to Hamels?

"It happens to everybody," Smoltz said yesterday. "Just pitch. It's hard enough to get hitters out" without being upset.

Smoltz said his 2-11 start in 1991 was a result of his not handling the renewal well. He got his head together at midseason and went 12-2 after the all-star break.

"It was the greatest life lesson I ever learned," he said. "I let it affect me in an adverse way. Never again. When you look back over the years, you see it as part of the process. So be it."

Smoltz had more than two years of service time entering 1991 and made $355,000. His salary jumped to $1.6 million the next season. He will make $14 million this season, which will push his career earnings over $130 million.

Hamels has less than two years of service time. The Phillies renewed his contract for $500,000. He likely will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter and could see his paycheck rise substantially.

Braves 10, Phils 1

The Braves smoked the Phillies, 10-1, at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Starter Kyle Kendrick allowed seven runs in 22/3 innings and Tom Gordon was touched for three runs, though two were unearned, in one inning.

Manager Charlie Manuel was not troubled by Kendrick's outing. It's still early. Gordon, who has had shoulder and elbow problems in the past, said his arm was feeling the best it had in years. All but four of the 28 pitches he threw were fastballs and sinkers. He is slowly mixing in curveballs and threw just four yesterday.

The Phils are looking for middle-relief help, and Francisco Rosario pitched like a man who wants to be noticed. The righthander worked 31/3 scoreless innings and struck out four.

Manuel was not happy about the Phils' three errors - by Carlos Ruiz, Geoff Jenkins and Greg Dobbs.

"We didn't make good plays," he said. "We've got to catch the ball and make fundamental plays."

And today ...

The Phils play split-squad games at Lakeland and Dunedin.

J.D. Durbin

will start against the Tigers in Lakeland and

Brett Myers

against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

- Jim Salisbury