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Astros jump the Athletics

Robbie Grossman's two-run homer capped the six-run first inning that propelled the Houston Astros to an 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Angels annihilate the Astros

Angels annihilate the Astros

Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning, as Oakland finished off Houston thanks to a 13-1 decision in Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series.

Marlins beat Cubs 6-5

Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Miami Marlins over the Chicago Cubs, 6-5.
Yankees beat the Cubs in 13th inning

Yankees beat the Cubs in 13th inning

The New York Yankees scored two runs in the ninth inning to tie the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, then two more in the 13th to win the finale of a two-game series, 4-2.
Brewers wipe out the Cubs

Brewers wipe out the Cubs

After a rocky start, Kyle Lohse retired 12 straight batters and pitched the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday in the opener of a three-game set from Wrigley Field.
Pittsburgh Pirates defeats Cubs 1-0

Pittsburgh Pirates defeats Cubs 1-0

Neil Walker belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Diamondbacks clobber the Cubs

Diamondbacks clobber the Cubs

Chris Owings' three-run blast was one of six home runs hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 14-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs suffer shutout against Mariners

Chicago Cubs suffer shutout against Mariners

Dustin Ackley had three hits to back six shutout innings from Erasmo Ramirez as the Seattle Mariners posted a 3-0 Cactus League victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs, pitcher Jeff Samardzija avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has re-signed with the club for one year, avoiding arbitration, the team announced Saturday.

MLB: St. Louis 4, Chicago Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Joe Kelly pitched 5 1/3 scoreless relief innings for the win Sunday and playoff-bound St. Louis ended the regular season with a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 0

CINCINNATI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Mike Leake and four relievers combined for a six-hit shutout Wednesday in helping the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Philadelphia 6, Chicago Cubs 5

CHICAGO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Michael Young singled in Roger Bernadina in the ninth inning Friday, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego 2

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jeff Samardzija fired eight solid innings and Darwin Barney drove in a pair of runs Saturday, boosting the Chicago Cubs over San Diego 3-2.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 11, Washington 1

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Jeff Samardzija pitched a six-hitter while Nate Schierholtz and Donnie Murphy each hit two homers Monday in the Chicago Cubs' 11-1 rout of Washington.

MLB: Philadelphia 12, Chicago Cubs 1

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Cody Asche capped a six-run rally with his first major-league home run Thursday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 12-1 rout of the Chicago Cubs.
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Jeff Samardzija
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 25, 2008. The appearance was Samardzija's major league debut. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (Serbian surname form: Самарџија, Samardžija; common pronunciation: "sah-MAHR-jee-yah") (born January 23, 1985, in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs organization. He is a former football wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame.

Samardzija grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he attended Valparaiso High School, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a three-time first team All-State honoree, and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player. After his senior year, he was invited to participate in the Indiana football All-Star game. In baseball, he was a first team All-State honoree. He graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2003. Athletics were something of the norm early in his life. Father Sam Samardzija was a semi-pro hockey player, and older brother Sam Jr. was an All State football and baseball player at Indiana University who now works as a sports agent in Major League Baseball. When Samardzija was in high school his mother Debora Samardzija died of a fatal disease. She still serves as the main inspiration of her two sons today. Two years later in 2003, his father, Sam, remarried and he now has two half brothers, Jakub and Nick.

Samardzija made his first impact at Notre Dame as a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team, finishing second in the Big East Conference in both ERA (2.95) and opponents' batting average (.209), and being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He continued to play baseball at Notre Dame until he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round (149th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

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