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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Leading: Phils Thomson aims to extend undefeated debut

Take a look at what’s happening around the Major on Friday:

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What a start!

Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson tries to extend his unbeaten run when the Arizona Citizens visits Bank Park.

Thomson leads 6-0 since the sacking of manager Joe Girardi last Friday.

The Elias Sports Bureau stated that Thomson is off to the best start by a first-time major league manager since Boston’s Joe Morgan won his first 12 games in 1988.

Overall, Philadelphia has won seven consecutive seasons and improved 28–29. Bryce Harper and Odebelle Herrera both held home for the second straight day as Phil defeated the NL Central-leading Brewers 8-3 Thursday.

Kyle Gibson (3-2, 4.40 ERA) starts against Zack Gallen (4-1, 2.40) for the Phillies and the Diamondbacks.

tough break

Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is expected to miss four to six weeks after his right thumb was broken by a foul ball.

Stephenson, 25, was injured in the fourth inning of Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss to Arizona on Thursday. He had already missed this season due to an injury.

Stephenson is hitting .305 and there was speculation that he would be the Reds’ representative in the All-Star Game.

“I’ve never broken or fractured anything before,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it wasn’t going to feel good. It’s tough, but it’ll be okay. It’s frustrating. You live and learn. You have to find the positivity.”

familiar enemy

Dodgers wright Walker Buehler (6-2, 3.84 ERA) is aiming to reverse a recent rut when he starts in San Francisco.

The two-time All-Star has allowed nine runs in 8 1/3 innings in his last two innings and was followed by the Mets last Saturday after 2 1/3 innings in the shortest start of his big league career was. Buehler worked out delivery issues in a bullpen session in Chicago on Wednesday.

Buehler is 7-1 with 2.55 ERA in his career against NL West rival Giants.

returning

Mets right-hander Tyler Magill is expected to rejoin the rotation and start on the road against the Los Angeles Angels.

Magill hasn’t pitched since May 11 while recovering from a biceps injury. He is 4-2 with a 4.41 ERA in seven starts this season.

The 26-year-old returns to the NL East leaders while aces Max Schaezer and Jacob deGrom remain on the injured list.

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