The Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday fired manager Nick Leyva only 13 games into the season and replaced him with Jim Fregosi.

Leyva, 37, who was in his third season as manager, saw the Phillies get off to a 4-9 start and fall into last place in the National League East as he became the first manager to be fired this year.During spring training, team president Bill Giles and general manager Lee Thomas said they expected the Phillies to win around 85 games and contend for the divisional title.

Fregosi, 49, a former manager with the California Angels and Chicago White Sox, received a contract for the rest of the season. He has worked as a special assignments scout for the Phillies since May, 29, 1989.