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PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Matt Capps pitches in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals on June 7, 2007 at RFK Stadium in Washington. Capps pitched two innings as the Pirates defeated the Nationals 3-2 on a ninth inning home run by left fielder Jason Bay. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Matthew Dicus Capps (born September 3, 1983 in Douglasville, Georgia), nicknamed "The Mad Capper," is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently playing for the Minnesota Twins. He is a 2002 graduate of Alexander High School in Douglasville, where he lettered in football, basketball, cross-country and baseball before receiving a scholarship at LSU. He possesses a noteworthy slider and a mid nineties fastball.

Capps was drafted by the Pirates in the 7th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He was a starting pitcher until 2004, never advancing above A-level in the minor leagues.

In 2005, he was converted to a relief pitcher and his career took off. Though he started the season at A-level Hickory, he was promoted mid-season to the AA Altoona Curve and later to the AAA Indianapolis Indians for the International League playoffs. After Indianapolis's season ended, he was promoted to the Pirates on September 16 and made his debut that night.

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