Capps more comfortable in second appearance

Capps more comfortable in second appearance

ANAHEIM -- Mariners rookie Carter Capps isn't exactly a seasoned veteran yet, but the hard-throwing right-hander said he felt much more at ease in his second Major League appearance on Wednesday when he threw two scoreless innings against the Orioles.

"I was a lot more comfortable out there," Capps said Friday prior to Seattle's series opener against the Angels. "It felt like baseball again instead of all the debut stuff."

Capps gave up a single in each of the fifth and sixth innings after replacing Kevin Millwood, but then got away unscathed. He struck out Mark Reynolds and Nick Markakis in the process and was consistently hitting 97-100 mph on the radar gun with his fastball while mixing in a 90-mph changeup.

"I really wanted him to be able to get through two innings," said manager Eric Wedge. "I wanted him to get back out there and see some secondary pitches and that second inning he threw some breaking balls and a changeup or two. It was a good day for him."

In his Major League debut in Yankee Stadium, the 22-year-old had given up two runs on a hit and a walk while getting only one out, so he was happy for the chance to show a little more of what he can do after making a quick rise from Double-A in the past few weeks.

"I was still trying to attack the zone, but I had a chance to throw more off-speed stuff and just pitch again, so that was good," he said.