MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Phil Garner has been fired after nearly eight years as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, and general manager Sal Bando will resign, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WTMJ-TV reported Thursday.

Hitting coach Jim Lefebvre, the only member of Garner's staff with managing experience, is expected to be named interim manager, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source.

Lefebvre managed the Mariners and the Cubs from 1989-93. The Brewers, who are off Thursday, start a road trip Friday at Arizona.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, whose family controls the team, said he had no knowledge of any departures and referred questions to his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb, who succeeded him as club president.

Team spokesman Jon Greenberg refused to confirm or deny the reports Wednesday night, saying it was too late in the evening to discuss the matter.

The Brewers went 4-8 on a 12-game homestand that ended Wednesday with an 8-5 loss to Colorado, dropping their season record to 52-60. Milwaukee reached .500 five times this season but failed each time to get above the mark.

Garner told WTMJ-TV and WITI-TV that he hadn't heard anything about being fired.

``I don't know a thing,'' he said. ``I just called my wife. There's nothing on our messages at home.''