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Capuano, Boyer, Rivera, Walsh earn Brewers' roster spots

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Pitchers Chris Capuano and Blaine Boyer, and infielders Yadiel Rivera and Colin Walsh have earned roster spots with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Because they were major league free agents, Milwaukee had to decide by Tuesday whether to put Capuano and Boyer on the roster, release them or pay $100,000 retention bonuses. Capuano gets a contract that pays him $1.5 million in the big leagues and Boyer $950,000.

Capuano has started 120 of his 139 major league games but will come out of the bullpen exclusively for the first time in his major league career.  The 37-year-old left-hander became more valuable when co-closer Will Smith tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee while taking a shoe last week. Smith is attempting rest and rehabilitation in an attempt to avoid surgery,

Capuano has a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over eight spring training appearances.

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