Chris Capuano helped Los Angeles bounce back by limiting the Yankees to three singles.
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) -
Chris Capuano stymied the New York Yankees in his return from the disabled list, firing six scoreless innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-0 victory and a split of a day-night doubleheader that marked the first-ever regular-season meetings between the teams at Yankee Stadium.
Capuano (2-4), sidelined since May 29 with a strained left shoulder, helped Los Angeles bounce back from a 6-4 setback in the opener by limiting the Yankees to three singles. The veteran received ample support from his teammates as well, with each of the first five Dodger hitters collecting at least two hits in the club's first triumph in the Bronx since Game 6 of the 1981 World Series.
The win was also a special one for Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly, who spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees and had his No. 23 jersey retired by the team in 1997. The popular former first baseman and bench coach was visiting Yankee Stadium as an opponent for the first time in his career.
MLB Betting: Give Me Some Relief!
By Jim Feist, Contributing Analyst
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Starting pitchers in baseball get much of the attention (and money) thrown their way. The average starter is asked to go 6-7 innings, while aces are expected to give 7-8 quality innings. Many games are decided in the last three innings, however, making relief pitchers an extremely important, and often overlooked, element.
The Boston Red Sox had a train wreck 2012 season under one-and-done manager Bobby Valentine. 2013 has been completely different under John Farrell and there's little doubt what has turned the tables: pitching. The Red Sox were a top 8 team in runs scored in 2012 and they are first this season despite trading away Adrian Gonzalez.