Cole Hamels gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts over five innings against the Marlins on Wednesday.
After 10-straight starts of no fewer than seven innings pitched, Hamels turned in his second-shortest of the year after struggling with his command for five innings of mediocrity. He needed 97 pitches (56 strikes) and threw only 13 first-pitch strikes to the 24 batters he faced. He pitched from behind the count most of the way and was sent to the showers after the five frames. He'll look to rebound next week against the Brewers.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender