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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Brewers Officially Have 3 All-Stars

From John Sahly at MLB.com:

Chris Capuano was standing in the bullpen at Miller Park before Sunday's game, going through his normal throwing routine with pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Making his way toward the bullpen was Brewers manager Ned Yost.

"Ned came walking out, and I thought, 'Uh, this is a little different,'" Capuano said.

Yost then delivered the good news.

"'You mind changing your plans for the All-Star break?'" Capuano said the manager asked him.

What was Capuano's response?

"'Of course,'" the pitcher told Yost.

National League All-Star manager Phil Garner called Yost on Sunday to ask if Capuano could replace Mets pitcher Tom Glavine on the NL All-Star roster. Glavine, who started on Sunday for the Mets, will be unable to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

"Its last minute, but it's not last minute," Yost said. "When you deserve to go, it always works out that you go, someway or another. The guys that are most deserving somehow find their way on there."

Capuano finished second in the Monster 2006 All-Star Final Vote to the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra. The Brewers left-hander has racked up an impressive 10-4 record this season with a 3.21 ERA and 112 strikeouts. He also leads the Majors in quality starts with 17.

"He's a hot pitcher, and he fits quite nicely because he pitched a couple of days ago [on Thursday]," Garner said. "He's totally rested, and we have more leeway to go with him. He can give us some innings if we need it."

It's been a somewhat bizarre week for Capuano, who went from All-Star candidate to near All-Star to the third Brewers representative in the Midsummer Classic. Capuano admitted he was uncomfortable with all of the attention placed on him while teammates, family, friends and fans voted as many times as possible for the left-hander.

"I still haven't even called my dad yet," Capuano said. "It still hasn't really sunk in. It's been a surreal week."


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