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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%: 97/81 | Average Draft Position: 37.30
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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.


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija roughed up in ND on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed seven runs, five earned, on eight hits in six innings of work in Chicago's 10-7 loss to the Brewers on Monday, but did not factor into the decision.

Samardzija was tagged early and often starting in the first inning when he allowed the first two batters to reach safely. Then, Adam Lind picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice before Carlos Gomez crushed a two-run home run. Then in the second, Samardzija gave up an RBI double to Gerardo Parra and an RBI single to Ryan Braun. 

Samardzija, now 2-3, pumped his ERA to 4.80 in 45 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Athletics.


White Sox SP Samardzija drops appeal, begins serving suspension


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija has dropped the appeal of the five-game suspension handed down after his participation in a bench-clearing brawl in April. Samardzija will begin serving the suspension on Wednesday and will be eligible to return for the team's game against the Brewers on May 11, according to MLB.com.

Samardzija pitched well on Tuesday after struggling for much of the season. He also had an X-ray done on his arm after he was hit by a line-drive. While the team is not concerned with his health, the right-hander can use this time to make sure he's fully recovered for his next start.


White Sox's Jeff Samardzija gets back on track, picks up second win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija got back on track with a quality start and the win Tuesday night against Detroit.

Samardzija (2-2) permitted a run-scoring single to Ian Kinsler in the first and a solo home run to Alex Avila in the second before settling down. He yielded two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 5-2 victory. Of his 105 pitches, 71 were strikes.

Samardzija underwent an X-ray on his arm after he was hit by an Ian Kinsler comebacker on his last out in the seventh inning. The White Sox aren't concerned over his status for his next start on Monday in Milwaukee, per the Chicago Tribune.


ChiSox's Jeff Samardzija looks to get past empty-stadium start in Baltimore


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was rocked during his last start against the Orioles, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, but said he's hoping the oddity of the situation, an empty Camden Yards, was the reason, according to the Chicago Tribune

"The other side of me looks at it for what it was from afar - a very unique game and very unique situation," Samardzija said. "For me, it was about that routine and being off for over a week, and that's why it's easy to turn the page and move on to the next one."

Samardzija takes the mound for his next start Tuesday against the Tigers.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper confident staff will improve


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said he believes his staff's performace will imporve and that he's going to work with starter Jeff Samardzija on his slider, per CSN Chicago.

Cooper said Samardzija's slider is down 2-3 mph and that "we’re going to try to see if we can make a dent in that [Saturday] on his sideline.''

Samardzija was acquired by the White Sox in the offseason and has struggled thus far, positing a 1-2 record with a 4.78 ERA.

White Sox starters are a combined 5-8 this season with a 5.47 ERA.


First inning disaster dooms White Sox RHP Jeff Samardzija


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Perhaps it was the quiet of empty Camden Yards. Or perhaps it was the hot-hitting Orioles. Or perhaps it was a combination of the two. Whatever it was, White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija simply got mashed Wednesday afternoon.

Actually, he wasn't awful after the first inning, but by then it was too late to prevent his second defeat in three decisions. Baltimore sent 11 men to the plate in a first inning that featured seven hits, including a three-run homer by Chris Davis.

Samardzija settled down and finished having yielded seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Despite strong performances in his previous two starts, his ERA sits at 4.78.

He will try to lower it next Tuesday against Detroit.


White Sox reorder pitching rotation with schedule now set


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) With the White Sox's scheduling situation apparently settled, the team has reordered its pitching rotation and will now start Jeff Samardzija Wednesday in Baltimore and then set its rotation order for their four-game series in Minnesota as: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi and John Danks, per ESPN.com.

Monday's and Tuesday's White Sox games in Baltimore were postponed due to the civil unrest in the city.