Greeting each other before the game, the two lefties planned to speak again after the final out. In the interim, Capuano kept busy by tossing three innings of one-run ball against the University of Michigan, striking out four in his spring debut.
"He's pretty astute," Capuano said of Koufax. "He's a pretty good observer. I try to ask him as many questions as I can -- take advantage of him while he's here."
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Though two hard-hit doubles led to a Michigan run in the second inning, Capuano -- by throwing 31 of his 37 offerings for strikes -- kept his pitch count low enough to complete three full innings, a rarity at this early stage of spring. He tacked on another eight pitches afterward in the bullpen to finish the day at 45.
"It's a good test for my arm this early in spring to be feeling good," said Capuano, who is nearly three years removed from the second of his two career Tommy John surgeries. "Last year, I was able to get my fastball back up into the 87 to 90 range, and if I can get it up into that range and stay there, I don't expect too much more than that. I'm happy there."
Ostensibly battling for the fifth starter's job in the rotation, Capuano remains the clear favorite from a group that also includes Oliver Perez, Jenrry Mejia, D.J. Carrasco and Dillon Gee.
"There's no talk, at least amongst the players, of numbers or spots," he said. "At this point, it's all about your routine and hitting the glove."