Wood continues to impress in Braves' win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Wood allowed an unearned run in four innings for the Atlanta Braves in a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday in a game between split squads.

Wood went into spring training as the projected fifth starter in the Braves' rotation, but after injuries to Mike Minor, Kris Medlen, and Brandon Beachy that might keep them out for the start of the season, and in Medlen's case, likely much longer, Wood is becoming much more important.

He struck out two Wednesday and has not allowed an earned run in nine innings this spring.

To help fill Medlen's spot the Braves agreed Wednesday with Ervin Santana on a $14.1 million, one-year contract.

Chris Young allowed two runs in three innings in his latest effort to crack the Nationals' starting rotation. He spent all of last season in the minors. Young struck out three and allowed a home run to Freddie Freeman.

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Nationals: Young has been battling arm injuries and has a 4.50 ERA as he tries to earn a job on a rotation that likely will include Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmerman and Ross Detwiler.

Braves: Wood was sharp once again in his longest outing of spring training. He knows he will be counted on at the start of the season because of the injuries. "No matter where I start, it has no effect in terms of my mentality," Wood said. "If you asked me at the start of spring training, I would tell you I was ready to go on opening day."

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