Wood quite fond of Fenway

Wood quite fond of Fenway

BOSTON -- Rookie pitcher Blake Wood was in a Royals uniform here for the first time, but it wasn't his first time on the field at Fenway Park.

"I actually came here when I played here in the Cape Cod League in '05," Wood said. "It was like a Cape showcase thing and we took BP and guys threw bullpens and we watched the game. They actually played the Royals that day."

And what does he recall about that game?

"Runelvys Hernandez started for the Royals and the Royals lost," Wood said. "That's all I remember."

All the Fenway nostalgia isn't lost on the rookie.

"I like it just because of all the history, how long ago it was built [1912] and how many people have played here," Wood said. "The new parks are nice, too, because it's like state-of-the-art, but I think most of the guys say this is their favorite park, their favorite place to play."

It wasn't long before Wood got his Fenway initiation. He was summoned to pitch the eighth inning, and did so without a wobble, retiring Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre in order to set up the save situation for Joakim Soria.

"Blake Wood hasn't shown any wobbles from the first pitch that he's thrown here. He's just come here banging strikes with good stuff," manager Ned Yost said. "He hasn't been intimidated by any of this. That's why you see him pitching in the eighth inning against the best hitters in their lineup."