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Wood Throwing Again

Saturday, March 26, 2005; Page D06

Injured ace Kerry Wood threw a simulated game yesterday before the Cubs' 6-4 loss to the Angels.

Wood, recovering from bursitis in his right shoulder, threw 63 pitches in four-plus innings on a back field at Chicago's spring training complex.

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Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki tripled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, tying a franchise spring training record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.

When Suzuki was called out on a checked swing in the first inning, it was his first strikeout in 50 plate appearances this spring.

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Wood was supposed to start Thursday against Oakland, but his lower back tightened up and the Cubs scratched him.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wood's simulated game was a success.

"He threw the ball well and added up some pitches, which is good, and got to work on some things," Rothschild said.

Wood, scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Milwaukee, also is slated to start the team's home opener April 8 against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old right-hander has not pitched since March 9, when he left his start against Texas after complaining of tightness in his right shoulder.

In yesterday's game, Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano gave up his first runs of the spring after pitching 15 scoreless innings.

Zambrano allowed nine hits and three runs in five innings, walking one and striking out three. At the plate, he hit a home run.

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