Video: Bryce Harper rings the bell before the Sixers game vs. Bucks

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has been on fire to start the season, batting .500/.652/1.188 with three home runs, five RBI, eight runs scored, and seven walks in 23 plate appearances. The Phillies had the day off on Thursday, though, so Harper decided to catch the Bucks-Sixers game at the Wells Fargo Center across the street from Citizens Bank Park. He was joined by teammate Rhys Hoskins and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The Sixers often have celebrities ring the bell before the start of a game, a tradition that Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, starter Aaron Nola, and Hoskins took part in back in January:

Harper had the honor of ringing the bell on Thursday:

The Sixers entered the half trailing the first-place Bucks by two points, 58-56. The Sixers entered the night as the current No. 3 seed in the East at 49-29. They clinched a playoff berth last month.

The Phillies, meanwhile, have opened the season 4-1 and would be undefeated if not for a horrific performance from closer David Robertson on Wednesday. Entering an 8-8 game in the bottom of the ninth, Robertson allowed a leadoff single, then yielded three consecutive walks to force in the game-winning run. The Phillies open a three-game set at home with the 4-1 Twins on Friday, then play the Nationals in a three-game set beginning on Monday.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: