• Samardzija optimistic about Cubs' outlook

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Apr 2, 2013
    They need to get off to a good start, Samardzija said. It's a good thing Jeff Samardzija got some sleep Saturday night. "I think it's really important for every team especially for this team, with a lot of new guys and new camaraderie going on and everybody getting to know each other," Samardzija said. It's a little soon for the Pirates to be tipping their collective hat to the opposing pitcher, but it's justified with Samardzija. And the Pirates were only too happy to oblige Samardzija as he worked both sides of the plate and kept the Pirates off-balance with a two-seam fastball clocked in the mid-90s and a changeup that didn't break 80. The lanky right-hander allowed just two hits and struck out nine over eight nearly flawless innings as the Cubs held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Monday for their first opening day victory in four years. "I think we have a good handful of guys who can take a game over themselves, guys like [Starlin] Castro and [Anthony] Rizzo and [Welington Castillo] and obviously, [Alfonso] Soriano.
    Sources: MLB.com ESPN.com
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