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Scott Kingery to make major league debut

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Gabe Kapler, eager to change the subject from yesterday’s Phillies collapse and loss, has posted his lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves. The main draw: rookie Scott Kingery will make his big league debut and play third base, batting in the sixth slot against Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz.

The Phillies signed Kingery to a six-year $24 million contract with three team options just before the season started. That allowed them to forego the ritual of keeping him down in the minors for a few weeks to ensure some extra team control and cost savings. As such, their top prospect — who hit a combined .304/.359/.530 with 18 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 603 plate appearances in Double- and Triple-A last year — began the season on the big league roster.

Kingery is naturally a second baseman, but the presence of Cesar Hernandez keeps him off of the keystone. Today he’ll take Maikel Franco‘s place at third, which is where you have to imagine the Phillies’ brass imagine seeing him play most of the time.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.