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Wood's arm, Sweeney's bat lead Cubs over White Sox


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MESA, Ariz. (AP) Travis Wood pitched three scoreless innings, Ryan Sweeney homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday.

Wood gave up two hits, striking out four with one walk.

Expectations might be different after coming off his first All-Star season, but Wood didn't change anything about his routine.

''I kept the same approach (during the offseason) as the year,'' said Wood, who went 9-11 with a 3.11 ERA last year. ''It kind of worked for me last year and I didn't want to change anything.''

Sweeney began the day hitting .119 with two RBIs in exhibition play. He homered off Felipe Paulino to start the second inning.

Paulino went four innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He will start the second game of the season for the White Sox.

Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo hit back-to-back home runs, the first of the spring for both of them, off Wesley Wright in the White Sox ninth.

The crowd of 15,170 pushed the spring total to 213,815 at Cubs Park for a single-season Cactus League record. In their first season at the ballpark, the Cubs broke the mark of 203,105 they set at HoHoKam Stadium in 2009.

STARTING TIME

White Sox: Paulino makes his first opening-day roster since 2012 with the Royals after having Tommy John surgery.

''I am really, really blessed,'' he said. ''The last year and half I've just been working on my rehab. It's a lot of hard work paying off.''

Cubs: Wood, the No. 2 starter, had an efficient outing to end the spring with a 4.63 ERA.

''The shape of the pitches were what I wanted them to be and it was all around good ball game,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Dunn was a late scratch from the lineup as designated hitter due an illness (upset stomach). Dunn later entered the game as pinch hitter and connected for his first home run of the spring in his second at-bat of the day.

Cubs: After another day of performing well in a minor league game, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and his hamstring have been cleared to return to a big league game. He is expected to start at least one, if not both, of the team's games at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks to end the spring.

''I've got to be ready,'' said Castro, who hasn't played since the second Cactus League game of the season. ''No more time. No more minor leagues. I bat every time - four every day, five at-bats every day. No more minor leagues. The show is coming.''

HEADED NORTH

Third baseman Mike Olt and outfielder Ryan Kalish were told they made the big league club to fill out the position players portion of the roster.

Kalish missed much of 2012 with Boston while recovering from surgery on his left shoulder, then had right shoulder surgery in January 2013 and missed the entire season. He had cervical fusion surgery in August, and then became a free agent in December when the Red Sox failed to offer him a 2014 contract.

''This is a really awesome day for myself and everyone that has seen what I've gone through,'' he said. ''My family is just ecstatic.''

Olt, acquired from Texas in the Matt Garza trade on July 22, struggled with his vision last year and hit .197 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock and Iowa. He was hit on the head with a pitch in the Dominican Winter League.

 
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Chicago

A. De Aza
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

R. Sweeney
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF3020010 .368
   Blake Tekotte, CF1110000 .296
Marcus Semien, 2B4011012 .333
   Micah Johnson, PR-2B0000000 .360
Jose Abreu, 1B3010011 .286
   Andy Wilkins, 1B1000001 .438
Avisail Garcia, RF3000021 .250
   Denis Phipps, RF1000000 .000
Paul Konerko, DH2000000 .244
   a-Adam Dunn, PH-DH2111010 .216
Dayan Viciedo, LF1000100 .280
   Alejandro De Aza, LF2121000 .383
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000012 .230
   Leury Garcia, SS1000010 .306
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3000021 .264
   Alex Liddi, 3B1000010 .192
Tyler Flowers, C2000000 .214
   Adrian Nieto, C1000000 .240
Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
   Nate Jones, P0000000 .000
Totals34383111  
a-struck out for Konerko in the 7th
Batting
2B - Blake Tekotte (3, Schlitter), Alejandro De Aza (4, Schlitter)
HR - Adam Dunn (1, Wright), Alejandro De Aza (2, Wright)
RBI - Marcus Semien (7), Adam Dunn (7), Alejandro De Aza (6)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Semien (3)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino (L,1-2) 4533131 6.75
Donnie Veal 1000010 3.60
Maikel Cleto 1311120 1.69
Daniel Webb 1000010 2.57
Nate Jones 1000010 2.35
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 32-24, Donnie Veal 5-5, Maikel Cleto 15-11, Daniel Webb 5-5, Nate Jones 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 2-7, Donnie Veal 2-0, Maikel Cleto 1-0, Nate Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 18, Donnie Veal 3, Maikel Cleto 7, Daniel Webb 3, Nate Jones 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS3110010 .255
   Marco Hernandez, SS1000013 .500
Ryan Kalish, RF3000011 .256
   Matt Szczur, RF1000000 .067
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3001010 .313
   Jonathan Mota, 1B1000000 .167
Mike Olt, DH4110020 .273
Ryan Sweeney, CF3121000 .156
   Zeke DeVoss, PR-CF1000000 .333
Welington Castillo, C2120000 .323
   John Baker, C2000002 .259
Justin Ruggiano, LF3011013 .300
   Chris Coghlan, LF1000010 .250
Luis Valbuena, 3B1000201 .256
   Chris Valaika, PR-3B0000000 .222
Darwin Barney, 2B3011003 .273
   Stephen Bruno, PR-2B0000000 .000
Travis Wood, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals3248428  
Batting
2B - Justin Ruggiano (2, Paulino)
HR - Ryan Sweeney (1, Paulino)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (10), Ryan Sweeney (3), Justin Ruggiano (10), Darwin Barney (5)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano (7), Darwin Barney (3)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (3, 2nd base off Paulino/Flowers), Zeke DeVoss (2, 2nd base off Cleto/Nieto)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Barney-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,1-2) 3200140 4.61
Carlos Villanueva (H,1) 2000020 5.60
James Russell (H,2) 1100010 1.80
Brian Schlitter (H,2) 1.2311020 2.08
Wesley Wright (H,3) 0.2222002 6.23
Neil Ramirez (S,2) 0.2000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 22-18, Carlos Villanueva 10-10, James Russell 6-6, Brian Schlitter 12-12, Wesley Wright 10-6, Neil Ramirez 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 1-3, Carlos Villanueva 1-3, Brian Schlitter 3-0, Wesley Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 11, Carlos Villanueva 6, James Russell 4, Brian Schlitter 8, Wesley Wright 4, Neil Ramirez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 15170
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn