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29 Jeff Samardzija SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 1/23/1985 | Birthplace: Merrillville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 88/42 | Average Draft Position: 37.27
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White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija gives up five runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/30/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija allowed five runs in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Samardzija lasted just 5 2/3 innings after giving up the five runs on eight hits. He recorded eight strikeouts while allowing three walks.

With the loss, Samardzija dropped to 8-11 on the season with a 4.85 ERA.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija loses fifth straight against Boston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2015) The season is going south for the White Sox. And starter Jeff Samardzija is going south right along with with them.

Samardzija lost his fifth straight decision Monday against Boston by surrendering five runs on eight hit in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

A three-run second featuring a home run by Rusney Castillo sent Samardzija reeling. A two-run double by Castillo in the sixth all but knocked him out.

Samardzija at least made it easy to figure out his ERA over those five defeats. It is 9.00 - he has now allowed 28 runs over his last 28 innings.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija strikes out seven in loss to Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/20/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was good enough to win on Wednesday againt the Angels, but his team couldn't muster any runs in his support.

Samardzija allowed just one run on eight hits in seven strong innings. He struck out seven batters and allowed two walks. His lone mistake came on a Carlos perez solo home run in the sixth inning.

With the loss, Samardzija dropped to 8-9 on the season with a 4.64 ERA.


Cubs not looking to fix Jeff Samardzija, just for him to pitch better


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper believes the key to righting struggling White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija is to leave him alone aside from tossing a few reminders his way.

Samardzija has followed a strong run in June and July, during which he did not allow more than four earned runs in any of his nine starts, with a stretch in which he has surrendered 22 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings.

"We're telling him to keep his angle," Cooper told the Chicago Tribune. "We're telling him to stay tall, stuff like that. Jeff has been betting on himself for a long time. He's a free agent, and he's in a big year. When he came here, we didn't acquire him for me to make changes, adjustments or fix him. It just comes down to making pitches or not making pitches."

The White Sox could wind up regretting not dealing him at the trade deadline. He is 8-8 on the year with a 4.78 ERA, which represents nearly a two-point jump over the ERA he compiled in 2014 despite a 7-13 record.


Slumping White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija clobbered by Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) A disappointing first season for starter Jeff Samardzija with the White Sox continued Friday against the visiting Cubs with another poor performance.

Samardzija received enough offensive support to win, but wound up with a loss that evened his record to 8-8 by yielding six earned runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked two and fanned five.

He could not string together more one than one shutout inning throughout his stint. He was tagged for two homers by Chris Coghlan, including a three-run blast in the third.

Samardzija has given up 26 runs over his last 23 1/3 innings in raising his earned run average from 3.94 to 4.78.


White Sox's Jeff Samardzija shelled in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija gave up seven runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings, Saturday against Kansas City. 

Samardzija lost his second straight game to drop to 8-7. After lasting seven or more innings in 10 straight starts, he's lasted just 4 2/3 in each of his last two, while giving up 16 runs. 


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija gets rocked for nine runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/2/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija suffered his worst start of the season on Sunday against the Yankees.

Samardzija gave up nine runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two home runs and two walks in what was just an awful outing. In the fourth and fifth innings, he allowed a combined eight runs.

With the loss, Samardzija dropped to 8-6 on the year with a 4.35 ERA.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija picks up eighth win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija had a strong outing on Tuesday against the Red Sox, earning his eighth win of the season. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over eight-plus innings. He walked one and struck out three, throwing 73 of his 114 pitches for strikes.

Samardzija (8-5) was given an early 5-0 lead in the first inning. He allowed a two-run home run to Pabalo Sandoval in the second, and then the Chicago offense went to work, giving Samardzija a 9-2 lead. 

Samardzija began the ninth inning, but allowed the first three batters to reach safely, leading to another run. He was pulled from the game, but the bullpen allowed another run to score, which was charged to Samardzija. But the White Sox were able to hang on for the 9-4 victory.

Samardzjia is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA over his past seven starts.


White Sox expect SP Jeff Samardzija to start Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he expects pitcher Jeff Samardzija to start Tuesday's game at Boston, reports the Chicago Tribune. Samardzija is 7-5 with a 3.91 ERA over 20 starts this season.

White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija remains on roll in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) The quality start streak that began in late spring continued Thursday for White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzija tossed another gem, this time in Cleveland. He surrendered just one run on four hits and no walks in eight innings. He fanned three along the way.

His lone hiccup occurred in the sixth, when singles by Michael Bourn and Francisco Lindor put a run on the board. He retired the next eight in order before sitting out the ninth having thrown 99 pitches.

Samardzija has given up just 17 runs in his last 60 innings over eight starts, but has just three wins to show for it. His 3.91 ERA is at its lowest point since May 27.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija opens second half with loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija opened the second half with a loss Friday against the Royals. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks during a 4-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out three in seven innings.

Samardzija (6-5) gave up an RBI double in the first inning to put Chicago behind 1-0. He then tossed three scoreless innings before Mike Moustakas put Kansas City ahead 2-1 with a two-out solo home run in the top of the fifth inning.

The game was tied at 2 in the top of the sixth before Eric Hosmer opened the inning with a double and Kendrys Morales moved him to third base with a single. Hosmer then scored as Omar Infante grounded into a double play. Kansas City went ahead 4-2 on Alex Rios' two-out solo home run off Samardzija, who lost for the first time in seven starts.

Before Friday's loss, Samardzija had a 0.54 ERA in his first two July starts.


White Sox set rotation for 3 of 4 games vs. Kansas City


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) The White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals and John Danks will start the second game.

Jose Quintana will start the third game of the series Saturday. However, the team hasn't decided who will start Sunday's series finale.

The White Sox open the second half with a 41-45 record and in fourth place in the AL Central.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija hoping to stick around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) The stock is rising for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, but improved team play could convince the White Sox to keep him around despite his pending free agency. That is what he is hoping.

Samardzija, who is coming off his second career shutout, boasts a 2.40 ERA over his last six starts after a horrible start to the season. Only now has his ERA on the year lowered to 4.02. And he has become quite accustomed to pitching before a bevy of scouts interested in his services.

"I'd hope they know what I am by now anyway," he told the Chicago Tribune. "They have been scouting me for, what, two-and-a-half years now? I think they have the book on me. ... We need to keep playing well and hopefully let (the Sox bosses) know we're here and we need a whole year."


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija throws complete game shutout Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija was nearly unhittable during Thursday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Samardzija was cruising through the first five innings until his no-hitter was broken up with one out in the sixth inning. Samardzija finished the game without allowing a run on four hits. He also struck out five and walked one. He is now 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA.

"Felt good out there, just pounding the zone, attacking the lineup," said Samardzija, who threw 108 pitches in the shutout, per MLB.com. "You can't take a pitch off. Just got to keep attacking them and getting those two runs, and the amazing defense behind me today helped out a lot."

Samardzija has now lasted at least seven innings in his last six starts, but he has just two wins to show for it. He has earned a quality start in five of his last six starts.


White Sox SP Samardzija tosses gem, ends up with no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitched as well as anyone could on Saturday against the Orioles and still didn't come away with a win.

Samardzija -- who held a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings -- allowed just one earned run on three hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. He also tied a season-high with nine strikeouts.

Samardzija lowered his ERA to 4.33 with the impressive performance.

"He was just on," Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said, per MLB.com. "He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and throwing it well. It's just one of those days he was throwing the ball well and we weren't hitting."


Jeff Samardzija gives up four runs in no-decision for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija earned a no-decision against Detroit on Sunday. 

Samardzija gave up four runs over 7 1/3 innings, the fifth straight start he's lasted at least seven innings and eighth start in the last nine. 

Samardzija faced just two over the minimum over the first five innings and retired eight Detroit batters in a row at one point. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four. 


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija strikes out 7 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija struck out seven batters during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Twins. 

"I was just in the zone and stayed away from their power guys," Samardzija said, per MLB.com. "[Kennys] Vargas had a great game the other day, so I knew he was feeling good. I just didn't want to pitch into any damage."

Samardzija only walked one batter and allowed two earned runs on eight hits. This is the third consecutive game where Samardzija has only allowed three or less runs. He has a 3.00 ERA in those three games. 

For the season, Samardzija has a 4.53 ERA. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Tigers. 


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija tosses seven innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija went seven innings in a no-decision on Thursday against the Pirates.

Simardzija allowed 10 hits and two earned runs, while striking out seven batters all on 114 pitches.

Simardzija (4-4) has a 4.67 ERA this season.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija strikes out seven in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) On Saturday, White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija had his best outing since May 27. The right-hander limited the Rays to three runs on six hits over seven innings, while walking one and striking out seven in a no-decision.

Samardzija gave up individual runs in the first, third and seventh innings, but his offense was able to get him off the hook.

He had given up 15 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over his previous two starts, so this was a big bounceback for Samardzija.

He'll look to build on this start his next time out, scheduled for Thursday at home against the Pirates.


White Sox's Jeff Samardzija rocked for six runs in loss Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija took the loss on Sunday, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 6-4 defeat agaisnt the Tigers.

"Obviously, no one's happy. We've got to win those games," Samardzija said, per MLB.com. "I put that on myself. Get four runs, you've got to take advantage of that and hold them to less than that and get the win. We're all pros here. We're going to come out and show up tomorrow and win a ballgame."

Samardzija (4-4) struggled for his second straight start, giving up a run in the first inning and another in the fourth before the Tigers scored three in the sixth on a pair of homers. One final run came across the plate in the eighth, closing the door on the starter's fourth outing with five or more earned runs in his last eight starts.

Samardzija owns a 4.93 ERA and 63:15 K:BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rays on Saturday.


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija allows 9 runs in blowout loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija put in a poor performance in Tuesday night's 15-2 loss against the Rangers. 

Samardzija had a bad game through his entire start. He went five innings and allowed nine earned runs on 12 hits. Four of those runs came in the first inning on separate two-run RBI singles. 

He was relieved by Dan Jennings in the sixth inning. Samardzija did strike out four batters and walk one. He holds a 4.68 ERA for the season. 

Samardzija's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Tigers. 


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija pitches well in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija was solid in a no-decision during Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays. Samardzija went seven strong innings, giving up just one unearned run while scattering eight hits. He walked one and struck out five, throwing 78 of his 114 pitches for strikes.

This makes three straight quality starts for the tall right-hander, and four in his last five appearances. Samardzija (4-2) lowered his season ERA to 3.84 and will look to carry the momentum into his next start Tuesday in Texas against the Rangers.


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija goes 8 innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija went eight strong innings during Friday night's 3-2 win against the Twins. 

Samardzija only allowed three hits and two earned runs in the game. He struck out nine batters and walked one. This is the second consecutive game Samardzija has been able to go into the eighth inning. 

Samardzija now has an ERA of 4.28 for the season. 

"With this offense we have I know I have to battle every inning and we're gonna have a chance to win," Samardzija said, via MLB.com. "The last two times out I felt really good. My pitches are in the zone, which is the most important thing."

His next start projected for May 27 against the Blue Jays. 


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija was ready when he faced his old team


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Jeff Samardzija knew he had to bring his A-game Sunday if he wanted to fare well in his first start against the Athletics, the team that traded him to the White Sox in the off season, reports MLB.com.

"I have the utmost respect for those guys over there," Samardzija said. "I've never seen a team play so hard every day. They come to play, they're professionals, and I loved being a part of it.

Samardzija allowed three runs on eight hits in eight innings to earn the victory.


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija tosses eight innings in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work in Chicago's 7-3 win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Samardzija's biggest mistake came in the fourth inning when Max Muncy crushed a two-run home run over the center field wall. Then in the fifth with a runner on third, Samardzija allowed the run to score on a fielder's choice. 

"He's always been a high-pitch guy," manager Robin Ventura said to MLB.com. "I think as the game went along you're looking at him as just getting sharper. You understand he's been there. I think he thrives on it somewhat. It was easy to have him go back out there. You can go hitter to hitter, but he seems to thrive on that."

Samardzija, now 3-2, moved his ERA to 4.58 in 53 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Twins.