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In Return, Wood Feels 'Great'

Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page D04

Kerry Wood returned to the mound for the first time in three weeks and threw 92 pain-free pitches yesterday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs' ace had not pitched since March 9 because of bursitis in his right shoulder. He missed a scheduled start last week when he woke up with a stiff lower back.

Kerry Wood, pitching for the first time since March 9 because of bursitis, gave up 3 runs and 8 hits in 5 innings. (Charles Rex Arbogast -- AP)

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The wait was worth it. Wood gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings, walking four and striking out three.

"I felt great," he said. "I felt like I could have gone more. It's a good sign, considering the time I've missed."

Wood is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday. His first start of the regular season is set for April 8, Chicago's home opener against Milwaukee.

Wood gave up a home run to Aaron Miles leading off the game. The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Wood limited the damage to one run. The Rockies added a run in the fourth.

In the fifth, the Rockies had runners on first and second with one out, but Wood ended his day by striking out Clint Barmes and CorySullivan.

"The fastball and the mechanics felt good," Wood said.

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