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Capuano tosses 6 1/3 frames of two-run ball

On Tuesday, former Brewers starter Chris Capuano will once again take the mound in Milwaukee.

But this time, he'll do it in a Mets uniform.

"I'm just excited to pitch," Capuano said. "At this point, I'm just having a lot of fun, feeling healthy, taking the ball and going out there. For me, I imagine I'll enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed any other start this year. It doesn't feel any different."

Capuano spent five seasons with the Brewers and compiled a 4.07 ERA at Miller Park. He was drafted by the D-backs in 1999 and made his big league debut with Arizona, but the lefty made a name for himself while in Milwaukee after being traded to the Brewers before the 2004 season.

Capuano, who signed with New York as a free agent in January, will be challenged. The Brewers are coming off a four-game sweep of the Marlins.

"When you sign with a new team, your loyalties change pretty quickly," he said. "I'm a New York Met, and that's how I feel."

He should also come in feeling like a winner. The Mets topped the Braves, 6-4, on Sunday to win the series. They are 3-2 in five games this month.

By contrast, Shaun Marcum will venture into unknown territory when he takes the mound for the Brewers. He has limited experience against New York's hitters.

"There's a lot of guys that he's never faced in this league so he's going to go on video and take a look," Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. "He'll look at scouting reports too and look at his strengths and see what he needs to do to get guys out. He's about as well prepared as any pitcher that I've ever had."

Mets: Beltran's status for series unknown
Carlos Beltran, who has been slowed by knee issues since Spring Training, was diagnosed with a right leg contusion and is listed as day to day after fouling a Tim Hudson pitch off the inside of his right leg Sunday against Atlanta.

"He was dizzy, and his stomach was upset," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That means you're hurt. He gathered himself, he said, 'Let me finish the at-bat.' When I walked out, he said I don't think I can go. And he has never said that one time this year. So I know it was bothering him."

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is optimistic his teammate will be back in the lineup soon.

"Hopefully, he's going to be good in the next couple of days," he said. "Hopefully he'll be in the lineup and walking."

Brewers: Marcum looking for return to win column
Late home runs have denied Marcum his seventh win of the season in his last two starts. Against the Giants on May 27, he surrendered a seventh-inning grand slam. On Wednesday, he exited with a 3-2 lead, but the lead was lost by the bullpen.

"I don't think it's a problem. I just think we let that one get away from us today," Marcum said after his last start.

• The Brewers are 20-6 since May 9. They're also 13-19 on the road this season.

Worth noting
• On Saturday, Collins dropped Jason Bay to sixth in the batting order and the Mets' skipper left his starting left fielder out of the lineup for Sunday night's game. Bay should return to the lineup Tuesday.

• Reyes went 2-for-4 Sunday and has hit safely in 10 consecutive games.

• Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who has garnered more than 600,000 votes, has surged into the overall lead among National Leaguers bidding for a starting spot in the 2011 All-Star Game.

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