• Travis Wood was passed up for the Cubs' Opening Day starter spot in favor of Jeff Samardzija, and Wood maintains he's completely fine with manager Rick Renteria's decision -- especially given what he's seen from Samardzija.
"I was excited for him," Wood said. "He's an outstanding pitcher. He's got electric, electric stuff. Last year he threw eight innings Opening Day, so I'm sure we'll get more of the same."
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