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Dodgers vs. Padres: Chris Capuano on short rest

Chris Capuano pitches on three days rest for time since 2005; can he do it successfully?

Denis Poroy

The Dodgers ideally wouldn't be using Chris Capuano on three days rest, but nothing has worked out ideally in 2013. ESPN keeps promoting the success of Cuban phenomenon Yasiel Puig, but Don Mattingly simply wants the team to win. Despite the impressive breakout by Puig, the losing results aren't ending because of limited help. Although, the rest of the boys in blue began to step up Saturday, and hope to carry it over to Sunday.

Capuano, the 34-year-old left-handed veteran, earned the win over the New York Yankees Wednesday by tossing six scoreless innings. Instead of allowing Capuano to go deeper into the contest, Mattingly only let him toss 84 pitches.

Starting on short rest rarely happens in the regular season, and Capuano will do so despite being on the DL five days ago. Capuano will be topped out at 75 pitches by coach Rick Honeycutt. Hyun-Jin Ryu was originally supposed to get the nod on his regular turn, but the plans were scrapped because of the double-header in the Bronx.

Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier are beginning to play up to lofty expectations, and it's better late than never. After missing the majority of the season, Ramirez is batting .367 with three home runs and 9 RBI. Ethier doesn't own any valid excuses, and his deal still looks crippling and may get moved. On the contrary, Ethier is slowly regaining some value due to increased production.

The Padres are sending Andrew Cashner to the mound to capture the series victory. Cashner posses a 5-3 record with a 3.56 ERA, and continues to instill belief in manager Bud Black. Sunday's matchup marks the first time Cashner has started against the Dodgers. In three relief appearances during 2013, the results favor Mark McGwire's disciple's.

Cashner will try to build upon the recent positive outings. Meanwhile, Capuano will try to get back to the 2012 recipe of consistent performances. The Dodgers are attempting to split the series 2-2 and end the road trip on an optimistic note.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m.


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