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Wood will start for the Cubs Tuesday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Wood was originally scheduled to start Monday, but manager Joe Maddon made some rotation changes that resulted in Wood being bumped back to Tuesday. With a team day off scheduled for Thursday, Wood's two-start week will be pushed back for the time being.

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Wood struck out five and walked two while allowing three runs on four hits over five innings Tuesday against the Pirates.

A pair of early mistakes were taken out of the yard as Josh Harrison hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first on an elevated fastball before Starling Marte added a solo shot in the second inning. Wood struggled to get ahead of hitters consistently Tuesday, and needed 84 pitches to get 15 outs prior to his departure. He's scheduled to face the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday for his next start.

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Wood (1-1) turned in a dominant effort Wednesday against the Reds, striking out seven over seven shutout innings. He allowed just three hits and two walks.

After he couldn't get out of the fifth inning in Colorado to open the year, Wood delivered a much better effort at home. However, considering that he's delivered ERAs well over 4.00 in three of the last four seasons, Wood can't be expected to turn in performances like this on a consistent basis.

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Wood's first start of the season will still come Friday, even though the rotation was shaken up a bit after Tuesday's game was postponed, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

Wood is the only pitcher in the rotation who will keep his next scheduled start date, so his value for this week does not change. As a back-end starter slated to pitch in Coors Field against a lineup that put up 10 runs on Opening Day, avoiding Wood in most formats Friday would be advised.

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Wood was named to the Cubs' starting rotation Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Despite some struggles in his final couple spring outings (seven earned runs on 16 hits in 9.1 innings), Wood was still able to edge out Edwin Jackson for a rotation spot. Jackson will pitch out of the bullpen to begin the year. Wood struggled to an 8-13 record and a 5.03 ERA last season, but his opponents' BABIP of .320 was more 40 points higher than his career mark (.278)

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Manager Joe Maddon expects one pitcher to hold the fifth starter job outright, rather than have Wood and Edwin Jackson share the job.

Jackson had his best performance of the spring Sunday, giving up just one hit in a 4.2-inning stint, but Wood probably still has the edge in the race for the last spot in the rotation.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood gave up three runs and five hits in a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday and added a pinch-hit home runs Thursday against the Angels.

Normally a pitcher's hitting stats are hardly worth noting, particularly during the exhibition season, but it certainly can't hurt Wood as he's trying to earn a spot in the Cubs' rotation. As of now, it looks like he's ahead of Edwin Jackson.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood will start Wednesday against the Mariners and could be pitching for a spot in the rotation, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

While Wood hasn't been great this spring, he might just be the last man standing. Tsuyoshi Wada and Jacob Turner are hurt, C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson aren't ready yet, and Edwin Jackson gave up eight runs Tuesday.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood and Edwin Jackson are the last two contenders remaining for the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Wood gave up 11 hits to the White Sox on Friday, so he didn't exactly help his cause. He's given up a whopping 21 hits in 14.1 innings this spring, but he's kept his ERA down to a respectable 3.77 thanks to a 10:1 K:BB ratio.

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Wood gave up four runs (two earned) and seven hits in three innings Tuesday.

Wood was perfect his first time out this spring, but he struggled a bit Tuesday. On the plus side, he struck out two and walked none. He's probably still the leader for the fifth starter job, but the race is far from over.