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Why Can't Red Sox Get Players Like Chris Capuano?

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Capuano bested Justin Verlander in Yankee Stadium. Rich Schultz / Getty Images


With sincere apologies to Bob Lobel, why can't we get players like that?

Forget about lamenting the loss of Jon Lester and John Lackey... could Chris Capuano be the one that got away?

For one start anyway, the former Sox southpaw may have made the Boston brass think twice about releasing him last month.

Capuano outpitched Justin Verlander helping to send the New York Yankees past the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday night.

Capuano gave up an unearned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking one. He was helped out by a great catch by Jacoby Ellsbury, who leaped to grab a potential tie-breaking home run with two outs in the sixth inning.

"That play was exhilarating. I thought the ball was going out," Capuano said after the impressive outing. "Every start, going deep into a game is a goal. I'm trying to do the best I can. To go out and pitch for this team is more than I could've hoped for."

When he left the game, the crowd of 40,067 at The Stadium gave him a standing ovation.

"The crowd's response was pretty special to me," Capuano said.

The Yankees got the 35-year-old lefty from Colorado last month after he began the season with Boston.

Verlander (10-10) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, walking one and fanning five. He has not given up fewer than two runs in any of his 24 starts this season.

The Red Sox signed the 35-year-old Capuano to a one-year, $2.5 million contract this offseason, Capuano was part of the mix in the Sox bullpen can checked in with a 4.55 ERA in 32 innings of relief before being designated for assignment in June.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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