Hail Kerry, saint of second chances

Wood, who reinvented himself as a reliever, breathes life into Yanks' season

Updated: October 22, 2010, 1:31 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- There have been several times in Kerry Wood's career when it appeared as if his chances to be an effective major league pitcher again were as dead as the New York Yankees' chances to make it back to the World Series looked Tuesday night.

There was the Tommy John surgery in 1999 and the torn rotator cuff in 2006 and the knee injury in between. Fourteen trips to the disabled list in 13 seasons came to define Wood's career more than the blazing fastball with which he burst ...

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