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Cactus League Game 22, Cubs at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Travis Wood, 7:05pm Root TV Travis Wood is a lefty with a rising fastball and an assortment of breaking pitches behind it – the cutter gets the most use, but he makes several stops along the cutter-to-curve route: a slider about 6mph slower than the cutter, and then a curve another 8mph This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Cactus League Game 22, Cubs at Mariners

Cubs notes: Fifth-starter job becomes more mysterious

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon hinted that the team is thinking of a creative way to keep long-time starters Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson around if both are throwing well at the end of spring training. The only problem is Maddon didn’t reveal what that plan could be. “We’ll take a variety of different thoughts into making this decision and try to do the best thing for us, obviously,” Maddon said Friday before Wood took the mound against the Chicago White Sox.

Travis Wood's purpose: Forget 2014

MESA, Ariz. -- Call it a chip on his shoulder or maybe it's simply a player with a purpose, but Travis Wood wants nothing to do with his disastrous 2014 season. “The purpose is to not have a year like last year,” Wood said Thursday after throwing a perfect two innings in his spring debut. Wood looked like the 2013 version in retiring the six Oakland Athletics he faced. But this is just spring training -- one start so far -- and it hardly erases a season in which he produced the third-highest ERA (5.

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