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Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page D08

The Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood left before the third inning in yesterday's 6-5 loss to the Texas Rangers because of tightness in his right shoulder.

Wood, set to start Opening Day, took his warm-up tosses in the bottom of the third, but walked off the field after talking with a trainer. He called his exit from the game "precautionary."

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"The inning before, I felt tightness in the shoulder," the right-hander said. . . .

Barry Bonds's swing looks ready to be tested in an exhibition game. The status of his recovering right knee remains uncertain.

Bonds took batting practice for the third straight day yesterday and also shagged fly balls in left field for the first time all spring, a sign that he's progressing in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 31.

The San Francisco slugger had four turns in the batter's box at Scottsdale Stadium before the rest of the Giants headed to Phoenix to play the Oakland Athletics. Bonds hit four home runs, all to right field or right-center. One hit a tree. . . .

Robb Quinlan had three hits and the Anaheim Angels beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1, in a match-up of split squads. Quinlan figures to take over at third base for rookie Dallas McPherson, who is out with a protruding disk in his back.

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