Capps needs to get away from ’09 woes


There are a lot of guys in the Pirates’ clubhouse who need the offseason to hurry up and get here so they can put an awful 2009 behind them. Perhaps no one needs it more than Matt Capps (3-8, 26 saves, five blown saves, 5.68 ERA), who is wrapping up his worst season since becoming the closer. “I’ll just step away, relax for a couple weeks, then let it drive you to work harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Capps said.

Capps plans to alter his offseason routine, going back to what he did before last wins. Last year, he pitched more than usual as a way to build up his shoulder strength. This winter, he’ll give himself some time off and start throwing again soon after Christmas.

– Reds first baseman Joey Votto had six doubles in three games last week against the Pirates. He added four more in two games against the Astros, making Votto the first major leaguer with 10 doubles in a five-game span since Pirates Hall of Famer Paul Waner in 1932.

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Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

DODGERS (93-62)

  1. Rafael Furcal ss
  2. Juan Pierre lf
  3. Andre Ethier rf
  4. Matt Kemp cf
  5. James Loney 1b
  6. Ronnie Belliard 5b
  7. Russell Martin c
  8. Orlando Hudson 2b
  9. Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.85) lhp

PIRATES (57-96)

  1. Andrew McCutchen cf
  2. Andy LaRoche 3b
  3. Garrett Jones rf
  4. Lastings Milledge lf
  5. Robinzon Diaz c
  6. Steve Pearce 1b
  7. Luis Cruz ss
  8. Brian Bixler 2b
  9. Daniel McCutchen (0-2, 5.25) rhp