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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%: 97/79 | Average Draft Position: 37.22
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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.


Orioles-White Sox game postponed again Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Orioles-White Sox game was postponed for a second straight day Tuesday due to protests near Camden Yards. No makeup date has been announced for the game yet.

White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez were scheduled to start Tuesday's game. They remain the scheduled starters for Wednesday's game.


White Sox-Orioles game postponed Monday because of protests


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The White Sox-Orioles game scheduled for Monday in Baltimore has been postponed because of civil protests in the area, the teams announced. The game was originally expected to be played as scheduled after the Orioles discussed the situation in the city, but Baltimore City Police decided it best to put off the game until a later date.

White Sox starter Hector Noesi will have their starts pushed back to a later date. Noesi is currently 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Jeff Samardzija would draw the start for Chicago if the two teams are able to play Tuesday and Monday's scheduled starter Ubaldo Jimenez for Baltimore.


Fight suspensions might get Carlos Rodon in White Sox rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon may end up getting his first career start, thanks to a bench clearing brawl. 

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale both received five game suspensions that would require them to miss a start. That means Rodon may be called on to fill in. 

"Certainly Carlos is stretched out and does have the ability to start should he be needed," general manager Rick Hahn said, per ESPN. "At the same time we need to balance that against keeping him on the current program [a long-man relief role], as well as some of the other potential alternatives we have within the system to make a spot start should we get to that point. So it is a possibility, but not one we are ready to commit to just at this time."


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija 'not proud' of brawl with Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija seemed at least somewhat regretful a day after leaving the bench to join a brawl with the Royals on Friday. 

"You're not happy about it, you're not proud of it," Samardzija said Friday, via CSN Chicago

Samardzija drew plenty of criticism for his role considering he wasn't pitching Thursday night, yet decided to engage in the scrum. According to the Chicago Tribune, multiple Royals players said they do not approve of Samardzija's demeanor in games.

"For me, I'm not a big fan of him," Lorenzo Cain said. "I don't know what the deal is.”

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was also among those ejected in the game. He said he wants to turn the page, saying his team is "not a fight club," according to the Tribune


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


White Sox starter Samardzija escapes jams for first win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) If it takes 113 pitches for Jeff Samardzija to complete six shutout innings and emerge with a win, he'll take it every time.

That's what he did Wednesday afternoon against the Indians to snag his first victory with the White Sox. He scattered six hits and worked his way out of jams to keep Cleveland off the board.

Samardzija allowed two baserunners in the second, loaded the bases in the third and put two more on base in the fourth before settling down. He finished with two walks, three strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA.

The right-hander is coming on strong after two mediocre starts. He has given up only one run in his last two outings covering 14 innings. He will try to remain on a roll Monday in Baltimore.


White Sox starter Samardzija still winless after fine performance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The only reason White Sox new righty Jeff Samardzija could not be called a hard-luck loser Friday was that he personally did not lose. His team did, but that was certainly not his fault.

"When it's cold and stuff, it's hard to get that [velocity] you want," Samardzija said, per MLB.com "For me, it's putting my head in the grindstone and going forward. You can't dwell on the past in this game. I'm better than that, so I want to come out and show who I am -- and I think we're getting there."

Samardzija managed his best performance of the season after two sluggish outings. He cruised through eight innings and might have won had Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes not cranked a fourth-inning offering over the fence in left. He finished having yielded just one run on eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 6.23 to 4.29 in the process.

"It's just early in the year. Power pitchers take a little more time to get going," Samardzija said.

The still-winless Samardzija will have a tough task in his next start Wednesday when he matches up against the Indians and reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.


White Sox move up Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale in pitching rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With the White Sox gearing up for a three-game series against the Tigers, manager Robin Ventura moved up Jeff Samardzija's start to Friday, with Chris Sale starting Saturday, reports ESPN.com.

The White Sox have an off day Thursday after their two-game series against the Indians and Ventura is considering starting Jose Quintana on Sunday.

"There's a possibility [Jose Quintana] comes back there," Ventura said. "There's an off day so you can see him making that one, or you can have Hector Noesi at that point. There's a chance to be able to do that. As of right now, we don't know who that's going to be -- it's to be determined at this point."


White Sox's Samardzija works past rough second inning in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija struck out six and pitched seven innings in a no-decision Saturday afternoon against the Twins.

Samardzija allowed a run-scoring triple to Chris Herrmann, run-scoring singles to Shane Robinson and Danny Santana and a run-scoring double to Brian Dozier -- all in the second inning. He bounced back with five scoreless frames to end his outing. He was charged with four earned runs on eight hits and no walks in a 5-4 victory.

"Going into the game I knew after yesterday I needed to go deep in the game, so I just needed to calm down and understand that the goal in the game was to give that bullpen a rest today," said Samardzija to MLB.com. "We only had to use two guys, so hey, we'll chalk that up as a plus but it's nice to know you can still get better."

Samardzija has allowed nine earned runs through his first 13 innings of work to start the season. He will square off against David Price and the Tigers on Friday.


White Sox's Jeff Samardzjia trying to fix command problems


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Although White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija walked just two batters in 21 1/3 innings this spring, he did have command issues in spring training, particularly with fastball location, per ESPN.

Some of his command problems followed him into Monday's season opener against the Royals, as he hit two batters and walked three in a 10-1 loss.

“I was pretty happy with everything,” Samardzija said. “Obviously the walks hurt. … It shows you how important it is to not give you free passes. Of everything, that upset me. You know they put the bat on the ball, found some green spots and that’s the way it goes sometimes. They had it working for them today but those walks, you’ve got to cut those out.”

Samardzija will be eyeing better results in his next start Saturday against the Twins.

“I’ve got to go back and look and add it all up and see what happened,” he said.


Jeff Samardzija allows five runs in White Sox loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija gave up five runs in six innings as the Royals posted a 10-1 Opening Day win on Monday. 

Samardzija allowed six hits and three walks, while striking out one and allowing a home run. He also hit two batters, including one on the pitch immediately following Mike Moustakas' fifth-inning home run.  

Samardzija also threw a wild pitch. He finished the day with 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.


White Sox set Opening Day lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox posted their Opening Day lineup for Monday against the Royals. 

The Sox will start: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Leury Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Alexei Ramirez SS. Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B. Jeff Samardzija will be the starting pitcher.


White Sox SP Samardzija allows five runs in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija surrendered five earned runs on six hits in four innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 8-2 loss to the Padres.

Samardzija has put up mediocre results this spring, posting an 8.44 ERA but also recording an 18:2 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. He's set to make his regular-season debut Monday against the Royals on Opening Day.


Rough day on mound for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija got batted around by his old team on Friday. The Cubs hit four home runs off Samardzija in six innings. 

Samrdzija gave up six runs on seven hits. He struck out nine batters in the game. 

Samardzija suffered the loss, dropping to 1-2 in the spring with a 7.79 ERA.