In what was perhaps his final tuneup, Chris Capuano was right on pitch.
The veteran lefthander, working his way back from a right quad strain sustained during spring training, struck out three in six innings, allowing seven hits, two runs and no walks in his rehab start with Yankees Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
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Capuano threw 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes and got seven groundouts. He allowed single runs in the first and fourth innings but didn't allow a runner past first base in any other inning.
The outing, Capuano's third rehab start (1-1, 1.84 ERA), could be the final test before Capuano is added to the major league roster, and potentially rotation, though the Yankees have played coy when asked about a timeline.
Catcher Austin Romine, shortstop Cole Figueroa and designated hitter Kyle Roller each homered for the RailRiders (16-17, 4th place in International League North), who beat Norfolk, 4-3.
Second baseman Rob Refsnyder continued his strong play, going 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. He's 21-for-55 (.381) since April 25 and has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. Refsnyder hasn't made an error in 13 games. Refsnyder, who competed for a major league spot during spring training, was sent to the minors to work on his defense at second base. He made seven errors in his first 13 games before his current spotless streak.
Elsewhere in the minors
(15-17, 5th place in Eastern League Eastern)
Centerfielder Jake Cave was 3-for-5 with a double, and rightfielder Mason Williams went 3-for-4 with a double as the Thunder beat Portland, 6-3.
Righthanded starter Luis Severino, one of the Yankees' top prospects, was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. Severino pitched just two innings during his last start on May 10, allowing a season-high four earned runs.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED TAMPA
(17-15, 2nd place in Florida State League North)
Leftfielder Mark Payton, shortstop Tyler Wade and third baseman Miguel Andujar each had two hits and scored two runs, but the Yankees fell to St. Lucie, 12-6. Andujar hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning.
(19-13, 1st place in South Atlantic League Southern)
Centerfielder Devyn Bolasky was 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, but the RiverDogs fell to West Virginia, 10-3.