Wood will start for Garza Sunday

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Wood will start for Garza Sunday

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

Left-hander Travis Wood will make his first start at Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform Sunday, replacing scheduled starter Matt Garza.

As Garza continues to recover from a virus, the Cubs promoted Wood from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

Its unfortunate that hes not feeling well, but hopefully I can step in and give them a strong outing, said Wood, who was acquired in a trade with the Reds in the offseason. Most of all its a big game (Sunday). If we win, we take the series.

Wood was 1-3 with a 5.08 earned-run average in five starts for Iowa. He has allowed 35 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

The ball was coming out well, the pitches were working well, Wood said of his time in Iowa. I feel better (than in spring training), more relaxed, Im able to command the fastball, off speed (pitches) are working. So everything is feeling good right now.

In parts of two major-league seasons with the Reds, Wood accrued an 11-10 record and 4.18 ERA with 66 walks and 163 strikeouts in 208.2 innings with Cincinnati in 2010 and 2011. His best season came in 2010 when he was 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.

This will be Woods third start at Wrigley. He won both starts he made with the Reds in 2010.

On July 1, 2010 he earned the win in his major-league debut with a two-hit, seven-inning effort in the Reds 3-2 victory. He picked up another win Aug. 8, 2010 throwing 6 13 innings in an 11-4 victory.

Garza will miss his start completely after being pushed back from Saturday already. Manager Dale Sveum said he expects Garza to start Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series in Milwaukee.

29 Days to Kickoff: Prospect

29 Days to Kickoff: Prospect

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26.

School: Prospect

Head coach: Mike Sebestyen

Assistant Coaches: Brock Collins, Tim Beishir, Tom Whalen, Nick Lussow, Don Sebestyen, Jeff Collier, Lance Burmeister

How they fared in 2015: 3-6 (2-3) Mid Suburban East Conference. Prospect failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state playoff field.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Is this the Year of the Knights in the Mid Suburban East?

Names to watch this season: OL Billy Matzek; OL Alex Palczewski

Biggest holes to fill:  Can anyone pick up the slack from graduated RB Bobby Jarosz?

EDGY's Early Take: With 14 starters back (six on offense, eight on defense) from a season ago will Prospect be able to convert that experience into a few more wins and a state playoff bid? If the Knights can find some answers in a few key spots, including the offensive skills department, this team could do some big things this fall.

Bears' first round pick Leonard Floyd leaves practice with illness

Bears' first round pick Leonard Floyd leaves practice with illness

Leonard Floyd provided a scare on the first day of practice at Bears training camp, but the first round pick appears fine.

Head coach John Fox said Floyd, who left Thursday's practice on a cart, is simply battling an illness and was not injured.

The Bears moved up in April's NFL Draft to select Floyd with the ninth overall pick. The outside linebacker tallied 17 sacks at Georgia and was projected to be in the mix as an outside rusher in the Bears' 3-4 defense.

Bulls release 2016 preseason schedule

Bulls release 2016 preseason schedule

The Bulls announced their preseason schedule on Thursday that will feature five games aired on Comcast SportsNet.

The Bulls, who traded Derrick Rose and added Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade during a busy offseason, will debut their new-look roster on October 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center. They'll also square off against the defending champion Cavaliers on October 14 and will play in Omaha against the Atlanta Hawks on October 20.

Bulls 2016 preseason schedule

Monday, October 3: vs. Milwaukee (7 p.m.)
Thursday, October 6: at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Friday, October 14: vs. Cleveland (7 p.m.)
Saturday, October 15: at Milwaukee (7:30 p.m.)
Monday, October 17: vs. Charlotte (7 p.m.)
Thursday, October 20: vs. Atlanta (7 p.m.)