Kapler's blunders overshadow Kingery's solid debut with Phillies

Scott Kingery looks impressive after two games
Gabe Kapler's first-week blunders have dominated the spotlight over the first week of the season, leaving Scott Kingery and his solid debut as an unfortunate afterthought.

Kingery made his debut on Friday and remained in the starting lineup Saturday, collecting a combined four hits over two nights, including a pair of doubles. He could make his first start of the season at second base tonight.

“When I watch Kingery play, I get that same sense that his heart just beats at the same pace no matter what the situation is,” Kapler said this past week, comparing the Phillies No. 2 prospect to Derek Jeter. "Nothing gets too big for him."

Kingery admitted he felt some jitters prior to taking the field Friday, but he looked the part playing third base and shuffled over to shortstop on Saturday.

“It’s a special moment stepping on the field and being out there with your teammates,” Kingery said Friday. “It’s something you work for your whole life. It’s incredible. It’s pretty crazy out there.”

Snow Day Notes
Monday's contest with the Mets was postponed due to snow and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 9.

Ben Lively, who was set to start Monday's game, will go for the Phillies on Tuesday. He'll be opposed by Matt Harvey.

The Phillies could have skipped Lively and used Aaron Nola on Tuesday but opted instead to give him more rest and move his scheduled start to Wednesday.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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