Bryce Harper will make his 2023 debut at Citizens Bank Park tonight as the Phillies welcome the Red Sox to Philadelphia for a three-game weekend set.
Harper played in two games in Los Angeles and reached base safely in all five plate appearances (3-for-3, two walks). 
The Phillies return home aiming to snap a four-game losing skid, including a sweep by the Dodgers. Zack Wheeler will start the series opener for the Phils. The right-hander tossed six scoreless frames in his previous outing, scattering just three hits. He walked one and whiffed seven. 
Wheeler has been successful at Citizens Bank Park as of late, posting a 7-1 record with a 1.79 ERA (17 ER, 85.2 IP), 0.92 WHIP, and 98 strikeouts over his last 14 home starts (since 4/28/22). 
The Red Sox turn to veteran Chris Sale in the opener. The lefty is 2-2 with a 6.75 this season. He won his previous start, tossing 6 1/3 solid frames for Boston in a win over Cleveland. 
Boston comes to Philadelphia following a four-game sweep of Toronto. The club has won six straight. Rookie Masataka Yoshida has been a catalyst at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 last night to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the Majors. 
Boston has dominated this all-time series at Citizens Bank Park, winning 24 of 37 contests. 
Major League Baseball agreed to give Bryce Harper additional time before his first at-bat tonight to recognize the fans at Citizens Bank Park . . . The Phillies have won five of their last six games at CBP (since 4/21) and are 8-5 in South Philly this season . . . Tonight marks the second time the Phillies have faced the Red Sox at CBP as the Sixers were playing the Celtics in a playoff game in Philadelphia, the other being May 18, 2012, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (92-83 Sixers win). 
Schwarber 7, Turner 6, Harper DH, Castellanos 9, Realmuto 2, Bohm 3, Harrison 4, Sosa 5, Guthrie 8, Wheeler RHP. 
Roster Moves 
The Phillies announced reliever Andrew Bellatti will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater tonight. He was placed on the 15-day injured list with right triceps tendinitis on April 22. 
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