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MIL@LAD: Capuano strikes out seven over six frames

This time last year, Chris Capuano was barely on the Dodgers' radar as a member of Mets. However, with Ted Lilly on the disabled list, Capuano has moved into an important role as the team's third starter after signing a two-year, $10 million deal in the offseason.

The left-hander, who was originally signed to be the fifth starter, will try to make a good first impression with his new team Saturday, when the Dodgers square off against the Padres at Petco Park.

In five Cactus League starts, he went 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA. Overpowering hitters in those contests, he also had a Dodgers-high 22 strikeouts and limited opposing hitters to a .197 batting average.

Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who is coming off a strong Spring Training himself, will have the job of matching Capuano.

Taking the spring to harness his changeup, a pitch he's now using with a lighter grip, Moseley had a 3.60 ERA over 20 innings pitched.

After twice having surgery on his left shoulder in August following a pair of dislocations, the right-hander didn't have any issues this spring and finally feels healthy.

"The change came around for me," Moseley said. "But the biggest thing is I'm healthy. It hasn't moved once."

Dodgers: Kershaw feeling better
Clayton Kershaw, who left his Opening Day start for the Dodgers Thursday after three innings because of the flu, said he was feeling better Friday and was optimistic he would be able to start the team's home opener Tuesday.

"After I came out, I tried to go back to the hotel, but I couldn't get up. I threw up in the eighth inning and felt good enough to shower and get out of here," Kershaw said. "Last night was not much fun. I feel better now."

However, with the schedule calling for Kershaw to throw a bullpen session Saturday, the left-hander said he still wasn't sure if he would be up to it.

Padres: Venable picking spots for steals
Stealing 26 bases in 29 attempts in 2011, outfielder Will Venable is taking the same approach this season and making sure he chooses the right situations to run in.

"When I think about stealing bases, it's not a certain number but a percentage," he said. "My goal is to take advantage of every opportunity to steal. Last year I was 26 of 29, but I would take that any day over stealing 30 bases and getting caught 10 times."

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin was still thinking about a dropped fly ball on Opening Day hit by the Dodgers' Dee Gordon before Friday's game. With Gordon ending up at third base, he later scored as part of an inning that featured two Padres errors and allowed the Dodgers to beat the Padres, 5-3.

"That's a play I make 10 out of 10 times," Maybin said. "I told Edinson [Volquez] that next time I'll make that catch."

Worth noting
• Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp currently holds the Major Leagues' longest consecutive-games-played streak at 367. The last game he missed was on August 18, 2009.

• Moseley had the distinction of having the worst run support in baseball last season with only 2.55 per start in 20 starts.

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