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Jul 4: Capuano signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Rockies are desperate for starting pitching help right now, and it looks like Capuano could be the next in line to join a patchwork rotation. Capuano, who pitched exclusively as a reliever with the Red Sox before he was released Tuesday, will stretch out as a starter at Triple-A Colorado Springs. It shouldn't be long before he gets the call back to the big leagues.

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Jul 1: Capuano was released by the Red Sox on Tuesday. The Red Sox were unable to find any takers for Capuano after designating him for assignment last week, so the team decided to give him his release to pursue other opportunities. Capuano gave up 10 earned runs in four June innings, but he gave up just six ER in his first 27.2 innings of the season, so he could still land a major-league job somewhere.

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Jun 25: The Red Sox designated Capuano for assignment Wednesday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. To make room for Clay Buchholz (knee) on the active roster, the team bumped Capuano and thus ended its experiment with the 35-year-old lefty. After working primarily as a starter in his first nine major league seasons, Capuano posted a 4.55 ERA and 8.2 K/9 in 28 appearances out of the Red Sox bullpen prior to his designation for assignment. He'll almost surely will refuse an assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent.

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Jun 24: Capuano allowed five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings in Monday night's loss to the Mariners. He's allowed 10 runs on 14 hits and four walks in his past five appearances, spanning four innings. Capuano, who didn't allow a run in 15 innings to start the season, has seen his season turn around in a hurry. As Boston figures out how to accommodate the returns of Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront, one option considered is designating Capuano for assignment.

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Jun 20: Capuano made his first appearance in eight days Thursday night, giving up a hit and a walk while allowing an inherited runner to score in two-thirds of an inning. He walked the first batter he faced and just five of his 11 pitches were in the strike zone. Capuano had a marvelous start to the season, pitching 15 straight scoreless frames, but hasn't been so good of late. He's allowed five runs in his last four appearances and did not record an out in two of those outings. The Providence Journal speculates he could be designated for assignment as a way to accommodate the returns of Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz. Capuano's roster spot could be used to keep Brandon Workman in Boston.

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Jun 7: Capuano didn't record an out while giving up two runs on two hits, including a homer, in Friday night's loss to the Tigers. This was his second straight appearance without recording an out. Recent evidence to the contrary, Capuano has been very effective out of Boston's bullpen this season. The Red Sox's woes have nothing to do with their bullpen. Back-end starting pitching, a lack of timely hitting and historically bad outfield production are doing in the defending champs.

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May 4: Capuano allowed a run on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning and picked up the loss in Sunday's game against he Athletics. Capuano had not allowed a run in his first 15 innings, but was roughed up by the A's over the weekend. On Saturday, he didn't record an out while permitting three runs (two earned) on three hits.

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Apr 21: Capuano continued a sterling run to start the season, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings in Sunday's win over the Orioles. The veteran left-hander has not permitted a run while striking out 10 and walking one in 10.2 innings as a reliever. His first taste of the American League has gone quite well.

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Apr 17: Capuano threw 2.2 scoreless relief innings in Wednesday night's extra-inning win over the White Sox. He hasn't allowed a run in seven appearances while striking out eight and walking one in nine innings. Capuano picked his first win as an American League pitcher and has pitched very well in relief for the Red Sox. His role Wednesday -- multiple innings -- is exactly why is on Boston's roster.

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Apr 6: Capuano pitched two scoreless innings while striking out four in Saturday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee. Capuano has two scoreless appearances so far in his debut season with the Red Sox. He came on early in relief of a battered Clay Buchholz (4.1 innings). He's stretched out enough to give Boston multiple innings and fill in as a starter if need be.

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Mar 10: Capuano threw three innings Monday, giving up four hits and one run while striking out two in an exhibition game against the Rays. Capuano is being stretched out as an emergency starter, but is expected to throw out of the bullpen if Boston's projected rotation is healthy.

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Mar 5: Capuano started Wednesday and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings in an exhibition game against St. Louis. Boston manager John Farrell said all the good things about Capuano's first spring appearance, noting that he threw quality strikes.

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Mar 4: Capuano and Brandon Workman are the leading candidates to enter the rotation should something happen to one of Boston's top five starters, WEEI.com reports. The plan is to have Capuano up to four or five innings by the end of spring training and that begins Wednesday when he's expected to start.

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Mar 2: Capuano will make his first appearance for Boston on Wednesday, EPSN Boston reports. Capuano will start Wednesday's game, but that might not be his role to start the regular season. We expect him to be a long reliever/emergency starter.

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Feb 23: Capuano passed his physical and participated in the Red Sox team workout Saturday, the Providence Journal reports. Capuano agreed to a one-year deal earlier this week and it became official after passing his physical. He's been added to Boston's 40-man roster.

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Feb 22: Boston manager John Farrell will not limit Capuano's role to relieving or starting, but he did say the pitcher's stint out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2013 is "the one thing that attracted us to him," WEEI.com reports. There wasn't a big bullpen track record for Capuano, who appeared in four games as a reliever for Los Angeles in 2013, but that's the likely fit for him on the Red Sox's pitching staff. They'll keep him stretched out for long bullpen stints and spot-start opportunities.

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Feb 20: Capuano agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Red Sox on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Capuano's deal is pending a physical, but that is expected to be confirmed. His base salary can be expanded to $5 million with performance bonuses. The veteran left-hander made 53 starts over the past two seasons for the Dodgers and will provide a long-arm of experienced depth in Boston, following the departure of Ryan Dempster via quasi-retirement.

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Feb 20: Red Sox manager John Farrell said he doesn't feel the team is "in a dire need to add a veteran" starter like Capuano, the Providence Journal reports. Reports surfaced this week that Boston is looking into signing Capuano as a replacement for Ryan Dempster, but Farrell downplayed the team's motivation. He cited a supply of young arms at Triple-A capable of filling in as a spot starter or long reliever.

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Feb 19: Capuano and the Red Sox are talking, sources are telling Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It's logical that the Red Sox could be kicking Capuano's tires after Ryan Dempster announced he will not pitch in 2014. Boston does have five legit starters, though, so there's no job waiting for Capuano unless he's willing to accept a long-reliever/spot-starter role.

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