The White Sox acquired all-star RHP Freddy Garcia from the Mariners yesterday, bolstering their rotation for the AL Central race. Chicago gave up C Miguel Olivo, top prospect Jeremy Reed and minor league IF Michael Morse. Chicago also got C Ben Davis and cash from Seattle.

"It's hard for me to leave," Garcia said. "I do love playing here."

Garcia, who can become a free agent after this season, will pitch for White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, one of his best friends.

"You've got to be a professional. Everybody knows he's my friend, but I want to do business," Garcia said.

Garcia was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for last-place Seattle.

* WOOD IS CLOSER: Cubs RHP Kerry Wood threw a three-inning simulated game in another step toward overcoming a sore triceps muscle in his pitching arm.

Wood threw 42 pitches in the workout at Wrigley Field before joining his teammates across town for a game against the White Sox.

Meantime, the Cubs put reliever Mike Remlinger back on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder.

* ELSEWHERE: Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia will be examined by two more doctors after making only eight pitches on Saturday night because of a sore left shoulder. . . .

The Royals put closer Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list. Affeldt could miss two months with partially torn muscles in his rib cage.

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