Phillies manager Rob Thomson announced before the Phillies matchup with the Dodgers on Tuesday that Bishop Eustace alum Lumberton native, Tyler Phillips, will make his first Major League start on Saturday against the Oakland A's at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillips, 26, was called up on Friday and made his big league debut on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, coming in relief of Mercado, going four innings, allowed just one earned run and broke a 123-year-old Phillies record by striking out seven, including the first four batters he faced in relief in his MLB debut.

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Phillips will replace Michael Mercado, who will move to the bullpen after allowing five earned runs (three home runs) and three walks in just 1.2 innings on Sunday against the Braves.

Phillips was drafted in the 16th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. He is one of three former Crusaders to reach the Majors, joining Zac Gallen (Arizona) and Devin Smeltzer (Marlins orgnaization).

Welcome back Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber

Both Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber will return to the Phillies lineup tonight against the Dodgers. Schwarber is hitting leadoff and Harper is batting No. 3 for the Phillies.

Both player were activated from the 10-day injured list.

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