Notes: Capuano tries to help himself

Notes: Capuano tries to help himself

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Capuano has done his part. Now Milwaukee Brewers fans can do theirs to help the left-hander make the National League All-Star game roster.

Capuano is one of five players eligible for the 2006 Monster All-Star Final Vote, giving fans a chance to choose the final National League all-star.

People can vote is online, and Capuano spent some time on the computer Monday morning stuffing the virtual ballot box.

"I put in a good 20 minutes, half-hour worth of voting and said, 'OK, I did my part,'" he said. "It's a neat thing to be included on a list with those guys. There's some great players. It's just a thrill to be on the list."

Capuano has done his part on the field for the Brewers this season, too. He is 9-4 with a 3.45 ERA, and he has made 16 quality starts in his 18 starts this year.

Now, he's relying on fans and family members, including his mother.

"My mom is so cute, she's good with the computer," Capuano said. "I talked to her last night, and she said she'd stay up all night voting for you if I wanted. I said, 'No. I don't think any one person's going to make a difference.'

"There's a lot of people from back home in Massachusetts that I've heard from who said they were voting," he said.

Manager Ned Yost said he voted for Capuano a bunch of times Monday morning, and teammates also have been going online to cast votes for the left-hander.

One of those players was Derrick Turnbow, who along with Carlos Lee, is on the All-Star team representing the Brewers.

"We voted for him last night," Turnbow said. "He's pitched well for a long time and he definitely deserves it."

Gross starts again: Gabe Gross started for the 13th time this season in center field on Monday. Yost kept Brady Clark on the bench.

The Brewers have been in an offensive malaise. They had only one extra-base hit in the three-game series against Minnesota. Going into Monday's game, the last 18 Brewers hits were singles.

Gross was one of the few Brewers to be hitting well. He was 8-for-19 (.421), with a home run and six RBIs on the team's just-concluded 10-game road trip. "We just don't have anybody who's really been hot outside of Carlos and Gabe Gross," Yost said.

"We strike out way too much," he said.

Brewers bits: A get-well card was passed around the clubhouse before the game for Peter Gammons, the Hall of Fame sports writer who is hospitalized following surgery for a brain aneurysm. ... Going into Monday's game, Brewers pitchers had just one hit in their last 39 at-bats. ... Right-hander Tomo Ohka's first rehab start, originally scheduled for Sunday at Class A Brevard County, was postponed until Monday night. Brevard County's game Sunday was rained out.

Coming up: Doug Davis will pitch for the first time in 10 days when he faces the Reds in the second game of the three-game series Tuesday afternoon. Davis missed his last start due to back spasms, and hasn't pitched in a game since June 24. All-Star Bronson Arroyo will pitch for the Reds.

Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.