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Johnson Roughed Up in a Rehab Start

Diamondbacks lefty Randy Johnson, 44, gave up five earned runs on eight hits in four innings of a Class AAA game.
Diamondbacks lefty Randy Johnson, 44, gave up five earned runs on eight hits in four innings of a Class AAA game. (By Jeff Chiu -- Associated Press)
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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Randy Johnson had only one strikeout, gave up eight hits and allowed five earned runs over four innings in a rehab start with the Class AAA Tucson Sidewinders.

The 44-year-old Diamondbacks left-hander is trying to come back from his second back surgery in less than a year. He went on the disabled list Sunday, a move retroactive to March 22.

Johnson gave up two runs in the first inning Thursday to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in his first rehab start. He gave up three more in the second before holding the Sox scoreless for his final two innings. He left after throwing 78 pitches, 53 for strikes and giving up two walks and wasn't happy with the outing.

"It's frustrating because I put in a lot of time and effort this whole offseason into being ready," Johnson told the Arizona Daily Star. "The biggest reward is when you can go and get the results that you want and feel confident and feel like you're making progress."

· A DEAL: Pirates closer Matt Capps agreed to a two-year, $3.05 million contract that runs through 2009 and covers what would have been his first year of arbitration eligibility. The Pirates and Capps discussed a longer-term deal during spring training but were unable to reach an agreement. Capps, 24, was 18 of 20 in save opportunities last season after becoming the Pirates' closer on June 1.

· POSTPONED: Rain and the threat of severe storms caused last night's opener of a Braves-Mets series in Atlanta to be postponed. The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on May 20 at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

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