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Former Sox Reliever Capuano Starts for Yankees; First Start Since 2013

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Chris Capuano, who hadn't pitched in the majors since June, went six innings and allowed two runs in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Former Red Sox reliever Chris Capuano took the mound for the Yankees on Saturday, starting a game for the first time Sept. 6, 2013 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He couldn’t crack the starting rotation in Boston, but the 35-year-old lefthander may have benefited from some bad luck in the Bronx.

Needing a starter after a slew of injuries has seen four of their original five starters hit the DL, the Yankees purchased Capuano’s contract from the Rockies on July 24 and threw him into action on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Capuano shut out the Blue Jays through the first four innings and entered the fifth with a 2-0 lead, but an RBI double by Melky Cabrera and a sac fly by Steve Tolleson allowed Toronto to tie the game.

The southpaw ended up going six full innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts; he was not a factor in the decision of the Yankees’ 6-4 loss.

Capuano made the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster out of Spring Training and was very effective to start the year, not allowing a run over his first 12 appearances, a span of 15 innings. He then struggled for the next month and a half, allowing 16 earned runs over his next 16 2/3 innings.

In his last appearance with the Red Sox, Capuano gave up five runs over 2 1/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners on June 23. He was designated for assignment on June 25 and released on July 1, later signing with the Rockies on July 4.

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