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  1. Kerry Wood finishes career with a strikeout at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood wanted to make one final appearance at Wrigley Field this afternoon before announcing his retirement and it couldn’t have been scripted much better for the longtime Cub. Wood came into a 3-2 game with one out in the eighth inning and struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the first of which was…

  2. Before blowing out his elbow Kerry Wood threw a ton of pitches as a 21-year-old rookie

    May 18, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    People have been writing about Kerry Wood‘s rookie pitch counts for more than a decade now, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but now that he’s retiring it’s worth noting again just how hard the Cubs and then-manager Jim Riggleman worked their 21-year-old phenom in 1998. Wood made a total of 26 starts…

  3. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

    May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Geovany Soto

    If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks. Manager Dale Sveum told Paul…

  4. Kerry Wood to announce retirement, but may pitch one last time at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Kerry Wood has struggled since returning from a disabled list stint two weeks ago, allowing five runs in six innings following a month off because of a shoulder injury, and now the one-time phenom turned quality setup man has decided to call it a career at age 34. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that…

  5. MLB won’t discipline Kerry Wood for glove throw

    May 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    While leaving the field following an ugly appearance Tuesday night Kerry Wood angrily threw his glove and hat into the stands, but MLB has decided not to discipline the Cubs reliever. Wood turned the incident into a bigger deal by freaking out at reporters who asked about it afterward, replying: “Irrelevant, dude, and why the…

  6. Ryan Dempster leads baseball with a 1.02 ERA … and has zero wins

    May 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Ryan Dempster threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves last night, which actually raised his MLB-leading ERA to 1.02. He’s gone at least 6.2 innings in all five of his starts, allowing 1, 2, 0, 0, and 1 earned runs … and has zero wins to show for it. Hopefully most HBT readers…

  7. Kerry Wood throws his glove into the stands, gets all surly when asked about it

    May 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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    What is it with Cubs pitchers getting all surly after getting roughed up the Braves?  Last year Carlos Zambrano kicked off a mini Operation Shutdown after Atlanta torched him. Last night Kerry Wood walked two Braves and gave up two more and the lead. Then he had himself a little hissy fit.  Patrick Mooney of…

  8. Cubs activate Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood from DL

    May 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Chicago’s pitching staff is getting a big boost today, as the Cubs activated both Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the disabled list while sending Randy Wells and Scott Maine back to Triple-A. Dempster has been out since April 18 with a quadriceps injury, while Wood has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since April…

  9. Kerry Wood won’t return from DL when eligible Sunday

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood is eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday, but that won’t happen because the veteran reliever isn’t recovered from shoulder fatigue. In fact, manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs “are not putting any timetable on his return or anything.” Wood was able to throw off…

  10. Cubs place Kerry Wood on DL with shoulder fatigue

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Kerry Wood had hoped to avoid the disabled list after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder earlier this week, but today the Cubs put him on the shelf. Scott Maine, a left-handed reliever with big strikeout rates in the minors, was called up to take his spot on the roster and in…

  11. Kerry Wood gets cortisone shot, out until at least Friday

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood has left the Cubs in Miami and flown back to Chicago to undergo a cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder. For now the Cubs are telling reporters that they expect Wood to avoid the disabled list and be available out of the bullpen as soon as Friday, when they return home to…

  12. Matt Garza throws away his first shutout in two years

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

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    Matt Garza should have had his first shutout as a Cub against the Brewers on Thursday. All he needed to do was take Norichika Aoki‘s comebacker and hurl it on over to first for the third out in the ninth. Instead, he tossed it into the stands, leading to his removal from the game after…

  13. Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol ugly it up again

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

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    In the Cubs’ first game Thursday, Kerry Wood took a blown save in the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the loss in the ninth. In the second game Saturday, Wood took the loss in the eighth and Marmol got tagged with a blown save in the same inning. Wood got the call to start the…

  14. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

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    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  15. Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

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    Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals. It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche…

  16. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

  17. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

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    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  18. Cubs re-sign Kerry Wood to one-year, $3 million deal with club option for 2013

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EST

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    Things looked a little dicey earlier this week, but Kerry Wood is back where we all thought he would be when the offseason began. From David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com comes word that the Cubs and Wood have agreed to terms on a new deal. The announcement was made to an “insane ovation” at Cubs Convention…

  19. Report: Cubs, Kerry Wood close to a one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Cubs and Kerry Wood are close to signing a one-year deal with an option for 2013.  The terms aren’t known, but it was reported yesterday that it would represent a “substantial raise” over what he made in 2011.  Which was less than $2 million, so you figure it would…

  20. Kerry Wood expected to sign by Friday; Cubs no sure thing

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Kerry Wood told NBC-5 in Chicago that he expects to sign by Friday, with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reporting that the Phillies, Tigers, Angels, and Reds are among the teams competing with the Cubs for the 34-year-old reliever. Wood took significantly less money to sign with the Cubs last offseason and said just a couple…

  21. Phillies among teams with interest in Kerry Wood

    Jan 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that free agent right-hander Kerry Wood is no longer a lock to re-sign with the Cubs and has begun speaking to other teams. Now we have even more details. Crasnick reported moments ago that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Wood, and may get aggressive if veteran setup…

  22. Kerry Wood talking with multiple clubs as deal with Cubs “far from done”

    Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon that the Cubs and Kerry Wood were getting closer on a one-year deal, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is hearing that the veteran right-hander is still talking to multiple clubs and that a deal with Chicago is “far from done.” Wood left a lot of money…

  23. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  24. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  25. Kerry Wood turns down $3.5 million from White Sox to return to Cubs for $1.5 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood has turned down a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox in order to return to the Cubs for $1.5 million, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Wood, who was drafted fourth overall by the Cubs in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career calling Wrigley Field home,…

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