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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: Oakland | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/84 | Average Draft Position: 109.05
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Jeff Samardzija Ks nine, goes the distance in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija was credited with a complete game but was pegged with a tough-luck loss Saturday against the Angels, dropping to 6-11 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and no walks while striking out nine in eight innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Samardzija has allowed two earned runs or fewer in back-to-back starts. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 28 starts (183 2/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Houston.

Athletics swap Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Athletics have swapped Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir for the upcoming series with the Angels, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Samardzija will now move up a day and pitch Saturday. Kazmir will be pushed back to Sunday. Both players will take on the Angels. It's unclear if Kazmir was moved in order to give him more rest following a poor start, or if the team just wanted to adjust the pitching matchups based on who the Angels were throwing. 


Jeff Samardzija strikes out 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 hitters against the Astros Monday.

Samardzija allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings. He struck out 10 and issued one walk during the outing. Samardzija was fantastic for most of the game, tossing seven scoreless innings to open the game. He ran out of gas in his final inning. After notching two strikeouts, Samardzija allowed an infield single to Jose Altuve. Samardzija then allowed a two-run homer to Chris Carter. Samardzija threw 116 pitches during the start.

With the win, Samardzija improved to 6-10. He'll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Jeff Samardzija gets knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija was knocked around Wednesday against the Mets.

Samardzija allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings during the start. He struck out three and walked two. Samardzija melted down in the third inning. Eric Campbell hit a solo shot to lead things off, and it only went downhill from there. With two outs, Samardzija gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought one run home. The next batter then proceeded to smash a three-run homer to center off Samardzija. The fourth inning didn’t go much better. With a man on and two outs, Samardzija gave up three straight singles, bringing in two more runs. He was replaced by Jesse Chavez at that point.

With the loss, Samardzija fell to 5-10. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jeff Samardzija struggles a bit in loss to Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The mediocrity that has marked the pitching of Jeff Samardzija since arriving in Oakland continued Thursday in Kansas City.

Samardzija yielded three earned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts and took his second loss in five decision with the Athletics. He has allowed 19 runs in 49 innings over his last seven outings.

The right-hander is set to start again Wednesday against the visiting Mets.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out five in win vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija picked up a win Saturday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 9-4 victory over the Twins.

Samardzija (5-8) managed to avoid surrendering a home run for the first time in six starts, and a bout of wildness by the Twins starter as well as a homer-happy Minnesota bullpen helped his offense give him the run support needed to cruise to victory. Samardzija owns a 2.91 ERA and 138:38 K:BB ratio in 157 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Royals Thursday.


Jeff Samardzija goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in another excellent outing but didn't factor in the decision Monday, surrendering two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 3-2 win over the Rays in extras.

Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Samardzija has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 2.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 23 starts (151 2/ 3 innings). His next start will come at home on Saturday against Minnesota.

Jeff Samardzija gives up four runs vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor in the decision Tuesday, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 7-4 win over the Astros.

Samardzija gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, which was his fifth home run allowed in his last four outings. He's managed to win two of his five starts with the A's, giving up just one earned run in each of his two wins. Samardzija owns a 2.92 ERA and 130:35 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rays Monday.


Jeff Samardzija turns in an excellent start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in an excellent start against the Astros Thursday.

Samardzija allowed one run on five hits over eight innings. He struck out six and did not allow any walks. The only blemish against Samardzija came in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Samardzija allowed a solo home run to Chris Carter. Other than that, he was fantastic. 

With the win, Samardzija improved to 4-8 on the year. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jeff Samardzija serves up two homers in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija had a hard time keeping the ball in the park in his worst start for his new club on Friday against the Orioles. Because of a walkoff home run from Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, he was forced into a no-decision.

Samardzija served up homers to Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado. The right-hander was charged with four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of work. Of his 97 pitches, only 62 were strikes.

Over his first three starts with the A's covering 22 innings, Samardzija has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.91 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 20 starts (130 innings) this season. His next start will come Thursday at home against Houston.


A's announce rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Athletics announced their post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday. Jeff Samardzija has drawn the first start of the second half Friday vs. Baltimore.

Jason Hammel will pitch the second game of the Baltimore series and Sonny Gray will finish off the three-game set. Scott Kazmir will then pitch the opener of a series against Houston July 22. He will be followed by Jesse Chavez before the rotation resets.


Jeff Samardzija goes the distance in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija went the distance but took a tough-luck loss in a duel against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners Friday night, dropping to 3-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Over his first two starts -- with his new team -- covering 15 innings, Samardzija has allowed only four earned runs. He enters the All-Star break with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (123 innings). He'll likely be at the top of the rotation once Oakland returns from the All-Star break.


Jeff Samardzija twirls a gem in Oakland debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in a gem in his debut with his new club on Sunday against the Blue Jays, scattering four hits and one run over seven innings of work for his fourth win of the season. The right-hander struck out five and walked one in 108 pitches, 75 for strikes.

Samardzija owns a 2.74 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 18 starts (115 innings). He will make his next start Friday at Seattle.

Jeff Samardzija to start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija is slated to start his first game with his new club Sunday.

Samardzija will replace Tommy Milone in the team's rotation. He arrived in Oakland Saturday, and will make his Sunday start against the Blue Jays. Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA over 108 innings.


Cubs, A's complete mega-deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The Cubs and Athletics have completed a mega-deal which will send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for shortstop Addison Russell .

The two sides reached a deal Friday night, but waited to officially announce the move Saturday. Samardzija and Hammel will slot into the team's rotation, though it's unclear how soon they'll make their first start with their new club.

Russell joins the Cubs' solid collection of prospects. Chicago will also receive outfield prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Of the bunch, only Straily is expected to play a role with the major-league club this season.  


Report: A's, Cubs complete blockbuster deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics have acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for shortstop prospect Addison Russell

According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later.

Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).


Report: Cubs, A's in 'serious' talks on blockbuster deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Cubs have engaged in serious talks with the Athletics on a potential deal involving pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, FOX Sports reports Friday.

The Cubs have been unable to lock Samardzija down with an extension and are listening to offers leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).

Rain-soaked Jeff Samardzija hit hard in loss No. 7


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija ran into trouble after a rain delay Saturday, in a 7-2 loss ot the Nationals.

Samardzija allowed two runs through the first four innings, but the wheels came off as he took the mound in the fifth following a 55-minute delay. He allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth and was eventually tagged for four runs in the inning, his last of the start.

Samardzija was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits over five innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked none on 75 pitches in the loss.

Samardzija fell to 2-7 with the loss, while his ERA rose to 2.83. He still ranks 10th in the National League in ERA heading into his next start, set for next Saturday in Washington. 


Cubs, Blue Jays at a stalemate for Jeff Samardzija


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Cubs and Blue Jays can't agree on a deal for pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to FoxSports.com.

The Cubs are willing to make a deal, but Toronto is hesitant to meet Chicago's demands. The Cubs are reportedly asking for three prospects, pitcher Aaron Sanchez, pitcher Daniel Norris and outfielder Dalton Pompey. The Blue Jays are rumored to be willing to part with maybe one or two of those players, but do not want to deal all three. Samardzija is expected to be dealt by the trade deadline. He owns a 2.53 ERA over 103 innings.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out seven in no-decision Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into the decision Monday after giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Samardzija has surrendered one earned run or no earned runs in seven starts this year, but he's yet to pick up a win in any of them as the Cubs' offense has been excruciatingly bad with the ace on the mound. He owns a 2.53 ERA and 97:31 K:BB ratio in 103 innings. Samardzija is set to face the Nationals Saturday.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out eight in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into Tuesday's decision after giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins.

Samardzija gave up his unearned run in the first inning, and the Marlins were able to push two earned runs across the plate on a fourth-inning single. The pitcher was in line for his third win before the bullpen coughed up a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning. Samardzija owns a 2.78 ERA and 90:29 K:BB ratio in 97 innings. He'll take on the Reds Monday.


Cubs, Jeff Samardzija talking deal again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) The Cubs are again discussing a longterm deal with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. It's still a five-year offer, but for more than the $60-million to $65-million range previously discussed by the parties, the report said.

Trade talk continues to swirl around Samardzija, who can become a free agent after the 2015 season.


Report: Giants 'showing strong interest' in Jeff Samardzija


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Giants are showing strong interest in trading for Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to USA Today. The Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox and Blue Jays are also reportedly interested in the right-handed hurler.

Cubs already discussing Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel deals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Cubs are already discussing trades involving Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The Braves, Mariners and Blue Jays have all shown interest in both players. Seattle is also believed to be a player, particularly for Hammel. The club is expected to entertain deals for both players around the trade deadline, so it's not a surprise to see the trade rumors are already starting.


Jeff Samardzija not at his best again Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was not at his best Thursday night against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, dropping to 2-6 on the year.The right-hander permitted four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Samardzija owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 14 starts (91 innings). He will make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins in Miami.