PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second straight start.
Trying to earn a job in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation, Capuano allowed long balls to Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez during a three-run third inning Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Capuano started with two perfect innings that included three strikeouts before Zunino homered leading off the third.
In a rotation led by Clayton Kershaw, additions Zach Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Josh Beckett, Capuano is competing with Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.
“I don’t worry about getting a spot in that rotation,” Capuano said. “It doesn’t change what I do or how I go about my business. I’m going to get my work in, and I’m going to compete hard in every game. Ultimate decisions aren’t up aren’t up to us as players, and it doesn’t behoove us to pay attention to the process of making them.”
The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 33 starts last year. He has allowed four homers in two spring training outings, and he went straight to the bullpen after the third inning to work on his fastball command.
“There will be a time to make some tough decisions, but that’s a little ways down the road,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He needs to keep working and to keep refining.”
Seattle has won eight exhibitions in a row and has 20 homers in nine games.
“We have a lot of options, and a lot of talent we can mix and match into a lineup,” manager Eric Wedge said. “If there was ever a year to play a lot of spring games and let guys show us all of what they can do, this is it.”