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Cubs pitcher Wood expected to retire

CHICAGO (AP) -- Has Kerry Wood pitched his final game?

The Chicago Cubs reliever came in during the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

He struck out Dayan Viciedo before he was replaced. His teammates joined him on the mound to congratulate him and he left to a rousing ovation. He was hugged by his son as he reached the dugout and moments later, he came out for a curtain call waving his cap to the fans at Wrigley Field as James Russell threw warmup pitches.

Wood is expected to retire after Friday's game. Wood, who began his major league career with the Cubs in 1998 and struck out 20 Houston Astros batters in his fifth major league start, took the mound to rousing cheers.

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