Rhys Hoskins ties major league record with eighth homer through first 15 games

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The Phillies lost 9-8 to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, running their record to 3-9 over their last 12 games. Outfielder Rhys Hoskins continues to hit, though, as he smacked his eighth homer, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off of Vance Worley which knotted the game at one apiece.

Eight homers through his first 15 games matches a major league record also held by Carlos Delgado and Trevor Story. Along with the eight dingers, Hoskins has 19 RBI, 13 runs scored, and a .283/.406/.755 triple-slash line in 64 plate appearances.

Many wondered if Hoskins’ success in the minors would translate to the majors. In the early going, it has. He hit 38 home runs and knocked in 116 runs for Double-A Reading last year. He smacked 29 dingers and drove in 91 runs at Triple-A this year before his promotion to the bigs.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.