Capuano gets in four innings despite bad weather

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Capuano got his work in Friday, but it wasn't easy.

He made the short drive from his Scottsdale home to join the Dodgers for their road day game against the Giants, planning to relieve Ted Lilly, but the game was rained out in the second inning before Capuano could warm up.

The staff decided he would instead start a split-squad home night game in Glendale, but the rain and rush-hour traffic turned his 35-minute drive into a 1 1/2-hour ordeal.

So Capuano started the game and it immediately began raining again, continuing until umpires called it after four innings with the Dodgers leading, 3-1. Scott Van Slyke drove in a pair of runs on a double.

Capuano proved to be an effective bad-weather pitcher, overcoming the rain and temperatures in the 40s to allow one run on two hits over four innings with three strikeouts.

"One of those crazy, weird days of Spring Training," said Capuano, who is battling for a rotation spot.

Capuano said he will get an extra day of rest after this start, returning to game action next Thursday.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.