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Closer's role belongs to Wood again

Closer's role belongs to Wood again

CLEVELAND -- Kerry Wood was activated off the disabled list Friday. He'll be activated in the closer's role Tuesday.

Wood passed the final test of his rehab Sunday against the Tigers, when he made his second appearance in as many days and had no complications involving the back muscle that had landed him on the DL at the outset of the season.

In both appearances, Wood was brought out in the seventh inning, as manager Manny Acta opted to ease him back toward closing duties.

"Today was his last test," Acta said after the Tribe's 7-4 victory. "The move [to closing] will take effect Tuesday in Kansas City."

That means Chris Perez, who finished off his fifth save in seven opportunities Sunday, will move back to a setup role.

Wood, who saved 20 games in 26 opportunities last year, gave up two runs on a Miguel Cabrera single with two outs to break a seventh-inning tie in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers. He faced Cabrera again Sunday, with none on and two out in the seventh, and got him to pop out. That was the only batter he faced.

"I feel good," Wood said. "It helps that I'm getting better command of my breaking ball. I'm happy with where I'm at."

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