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Wood thinking of high school friend during last start

WASHINGTON -- As Alex Wood cruised through the finest start of his young career during Sunday night's win in Philadelphia, his thoughts were with his high school friend who had fallen into a coma after slipping on a rock while canoeing in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.

Wood's spirits changed on Monday, when he learned that his friend had come out of the coma and was talking.

"The doctors on Saturday had said it would be a miracle if he didn't have any brain damage," Wood said. "So far there aren't any signs of brain damage. So it's a been a really good day."

Per request from the family, Wood has chosen not to disclose his friend's name. The young man's initials B.M. were on Wood's hat as he limited the Phillies to two hits and one run in six innings.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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