8:31 PM EDT, Fri March 27, 2015

Cubs-Sox spring game just an appetizer for main event

MESA, Ariz. – Two good friends faced off in a rivalry that might return to prominence this year as the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 6-3 in a meaningless spring game on Friday. Next time they face each other, regular-season wins will be on the line. “I think we’re seeing a little feast or famine out of the Cubbies this year,” former Cubs and current White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija said after giving up four home runs and striking out nine.

Jeff Samardzija not fazed by gopher balls

MESA, Ariz. -- Jeff Samardzija likes to say that spring training statistics do not go on the back of your baseball card, and it is a good thing. The new Chicago White Sox starter went up against his old teammates Friday and gave up four home runs to the Chicago Cubs in his second-to-last outing before games get underway for real. All was not bad, though, as he reached 92 pitches and struck out nine without a walk over six innings. The Cubs won the game 6-3.

Jeff Samardzija set to put on a good show

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Peppered with Opening Day questions, essentially since the day Chris Sale injured his foot at the end of February, Jeff Samardzija finally had something definitive to answer Thursday. On Wednesday evening, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed what had been expected, that Samardzija will start in the April 6 opener at Kansas City. “Yeah, you know, I’m excited, just to come out and represent this team and put on a good showing for everybody,” Samardzija said shortly after seeing the media mob approaching and knowing what was coming.

If Jeff Samardzija gets the call, he'll be ready

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Samardzija said Tuesday he does not care how long the Chicago White Sox's coaching staff takes to announce an Opening Day starter, as long as he is informed by the morning of the game. Samardzija is the likely candidate to get the nod in the first game now that Chris Sale will miss his first outing of the season because of a fractured bone in his right foot. Manager Robin Ventura, though, has declined to make that announcement.

Pitch count, not home runs, key to Jeff Samardzija's start

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jeff Samardzija moved closer to a potential Opening Day start, passing the 75-pitch plateau for the first time, with another two outings remaining in spring training. The right-hander gave up three home runs, but afterward was dismissive of their impact. “That’s OK; it just happens,” Samardzija said, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring ballpark, known for being a launching pad. “You make some pitches and those things happen.
Chicago Tribune Mar 17, 2015

Jeff Samardzija's goal is 33 starts — plus postseason with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija would accept the responsibility of being the new White Sox opening day starter with pride. But the new Sox right-hander insists his main focus is further down the road than the April 6 opener, for which manager Robin Ventura has yet to name a starter...

Jeff Samardzija's goal is 33 starts — plus postseason with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija would accept the responsibility of being the new White Sox opening day starter with pride. But the new Sox right-hander insists his main focus is further down the road than the April 6 opener, for which manager Robin Ventura has yet to name a starter...
Athletics Nation Mar 12, 2015

Oakland A's injury update: Rangel Ravelo will have wrist surgery Friday

Plus, Ike Davis has back spasms and when Coco Crisp might return to games. Oakland Athletics infield prospect Rangel Ravelo, acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade, will have right wrist surgery on Friday. Ravelo aggravated a wrist problem he had during the offseason swinging a bat, Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee tweets. Ravelo, turning 23 in April, was not expected to contribute to the major league club this year. He ranks 12th in the Athletics Nation Community Prospect List. No timetable has been announced for Ravelo's recovery, though a quick Google search for "mlb wrist surgery...

Yona's next test: Embrace relief role

Once tabbed as the next Felix Hernandez, new Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Ynoa would gladly take a major league relief role at this point, while insisting that his standards have not been compromised. Ynoa (pronounced E-no-uh) currently rates as the X-factor in the December trade that also sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Marcus Semien, Josh Phegley, Chris Bassitt and Rangel Ravelo. When the A’s first signed Ynoa in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic, the then 16-year old already stood 6-foot-7 with a fastball in approaching the mid...
Chicago Tribune Mar 8, 2015

Jeff Samardzija trying to focus on the present, not the future contract

MESA, Ariz. — When White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija allows himself to stop and think about pitching in his final year before free agency, he can taste some of the pressure that comes with trying to raise his stock before the offseason bidding process begins.

Jeff Samardzija trying to focus on the present, not the future contract

MESA, Ariz. — When White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija allows himself to stop and think about pitching in his final year before free agency, he can taste some of the pressure that comes with trying to raise his stock before the offseason bidding process begins.
South Side Sox Mar 8, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. A's

Jeff Samardzija faces his former team Since Arizona takes a pass on Daylight Saving Time, all games from here on out are now pushed back an hour. TV: MLB.tv at 3:05 p.m. Central (tape-delay broadcast on MLB Network at 2 a.m. Monday) Lineups: White Sox lineup today at A's. Samardzija's first spring start. pic.twitter.com/SCzPOgtAtq — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 8, 2015 Scheduled pitchers: Jeff Samardzija, Javy Guerra, Chris Beck, J.D. Martin, Joe Savery, Dan Jennings, Daniel Webb, Jake Petricka.

A’s face Jeff Samardzija, Stephen Vogt’s ref routine and Jim Harbaugh’s ‘jungle lions’

Jeff Samardzija is facing the A’s today, and let’s count his former Oakland teammates who are in the lineup: Coco Crisp. Craig Gentry. Eric Sogard. Can we count Bryan Anderson? Otherwise, a lot of new guys wearing the colors Samardzija wore last season: Ben Zobrist, Billy Butler, Ike Davis, Brett Lawrie and Jason Pridie. The

Jeff Samardzija gets first taste of White Sox game action

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija saw his first game action in a White Sox uniform Tuesday during the club’s intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch, and his new teammates made him work right away.
Chicago Tribune Mar 3, 2015

Jeff Samardzija gets first taste of White Sox game action

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija saw his first game action in a White Sox uniform Tuesday during the club’s intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch, and his new teammates made him work right away.

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