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Samardzija Seeks the Right Mix

Jeff Samardzija (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

KODAK, Tenn. – The Cubs knew Jeff Samardzija was a raw pitcher with minimal college experience who could throw some heat. They knew he would need some seasoning in the minors to develop a repertoire and learn to change speeds. Now they're finding out that he is a team-oriented player willing to reach out to others.

Samardzija, in only his second full year of pro baseball, was recently chased in three innings after giving up six walks in a late April game for Double-A Tennessee, which included putting the first batter he faced on base with four straight pitches. The right-hander had a hint that the outing might not go well because he was under too much control in the bullpen before the game. "I enjoy...

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