Capuano replaces Glavine on NL All-Star staff
Capuano is 10-4 with a 3.21 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 129 innings for the Brewers, shutting out the Cubs on six hits Thursday night in his final start before the All-Star break. This will be his first All-Star Game.
"It still hasn't really sunk in," Capuano said before his team's game Sunday in Milwaukee. "It's kind of surreal."
Glavine will attend Tuesday night's game in Pittsburgh, but chose to be replaced on the NL team because he started Sunday against Florida. The 40-year-old Glavine would have been the only player who was on an NL roster during an All-Star victory over the AL, in 1996 in Philadelphia.
NL manager Phil Garner of the Astros caused something of a stir by not choosing Capuano for the NL staff on Friday after Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez went on the disabled list. Garner instead picked his own pitcher, right-hander Roy Oswalt, who is 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA. Oswalt was a 20-game winner the last two seasons.
"He's a hot pitcher," Garner said of Capuano. "He fits in quite nicely because he's totally rested. He's excited to go and we have more leeway with him on the team."
Losing the spot to Oswalt was not the only All-Star issue Capuano faced in the last week. He finished second to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra in balloting among fans for the final spot on the NL team.
"It's been a surreal week going back and forth," said Capuano, who canceled a planned trip to Cape Cod, Mass., to attend the All-Star Game. "To finally get it is unbelievable."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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