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CWS@CHC: Wood pitches three scoreless innings

CHICAGO -- Ryne Sandberg recently recalled his coldest game at Wrigley Field.

"It was 19 degrees," he said.

It should be a little warmer Friday -- the forecast is 42 degrees, but with 26-mph southerly winds -- when the Cubs and Phillies open a three-game series at Wrigley. The afternoon begins Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary celebration. Wrigley is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball behind Boston's Fenway Park.

The team is billing this as the "party of the century."

"Wrigley Field is a special place to me and my career, so going back there and going back in this capacity [as Phillies manager], I'm very anxious and excited about that," Sandberg said.

Partying aside, baseball will be played. Cubs left-hander Travis Wood will face Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez.

"The place will be packed, it'll be jumping, it'll be nice," Wood said.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said they made the decision to start Wood on Friday because of matchups. Wood has made three starts against the Phillies in his career, and has held them to five runs and 13 hits in 21 1/3 innings.

"I had a pretty good track record against them and hopefully I can keep it going and start the season off right," Wood said.

Hernandez makes his Phillies debut Friday after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal in December.

Phillies: Rollins not with team
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins left the team Wednesday in Texas to be with his wife in Philadelphia for the birth of their second child.

The Phillies have not yet placed Rollins on the paternity leave list, but it could happen Friday. Players have up to three days of paternity leave.

Infielder Jayson Nix will play shortstop for the Phillies while Rollins is with his family.

Sandberg said he likes the idea of a paternity leave list.

"Takes the pressure off everybody," he said. "Just to get it done. I think it's good. … There is stress on both sides. Job stress and stress from the family side. So I think this being in place takes care of that, just makes it a done deal for the player and the team deals with it. It takes the pressure off the player."

Cubs: Barney looking forward to opener
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is fired up for Friday.

"Opening Day at Wrigley is always special," he said. "You have Bill Murray running around the bases -- that's something you don't see anywhere else. They probably don't allow it anywhere else. There's always something memorable there. You can almost see the whole season ahead of you in the ivy. You're waiting for it to turn green. It was a little warmer last year and it was a little spotty green early. This year, I have a feeling it'll be really dark."

But at least the snow should be gone.

"I think we're all looking forward to going home," Barney said.

Murray, by the way, had been scheduled to throw a ceremonial first pitch on April 5, 2012, but took off and sprinted around the bases instead.

Worth noting
• The Cubs are 6-2 in eight Wrigley Field openers against the Phillies, most recently defeating Philadelphia, 2-1, on April 10, 1990. Les Lancaster earned the win while Mitch Williams picked up the save.

• It will be the 101st opener at Wrigley. The Chicago Federals went 2-0 in Wrigley openers (1914-15) and the Cubs have gone 52-45-1 in Wrigley openers from 1916-2013. Comments