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Capuano replaces Glavine on NL All-Star staff

PITTSBURGH -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano
was a last-minute addition Sunday to the NL All-Star team,
replacing New York Mets left-hander Tom Glavine.

Capuano is 10-4 with a 3.21 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 129
innings for the Brewers, shutting out the Cubs on six hits Thursday
night in his final start before the All-Star break. This will be
his first All-Star Game.

"It still hasn't really sunk in," Capuano said before his
team's game Sunday in Milwaukee. "It's kind of surreal."

Glavine will attend Tuesday night's game in Pittsburgh, but
chose to be replaced on the NL team because he started Sunday
against Florida. The 40-year-old Glavine would have been the only
player who was on an NL roster during an All-Star victory over the
AL, in 1996 in Philadelphia.

NL manager Phil Garner of the Astros caused something of a stir
by not choosing Capuano for the NL staff on Friday after Mets
right-hander Pedro Martinez went on the disabled list. Garner
instead picked his own pitcher, right-hander Roy Oswalt, who is 6-6
with a 3.15 ERA. Oswalt was a 20-game winner the last two seasons.

"He's a hot pitcher," Garner said of Capuano. "He fits in
quite nicely because he's totally rested. He's excited to go and we
have more leeway with him on the team."

Losing the spot to Oswalt was not the only All-Star issue
Capuano faced in the last week. He finished second to Los Angeles
Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra in balloting among fans for
the final spot on the NL team.

"It's been a surreal week going back and forth," said Capuano,
who canceled a planned trip to Cape Cod, Mass., to attend the
All-Star Game. "To finally get it is unbelievable."