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Jeff Samardzija (PHOTO/LARRY WOOLIS)

DES MOINES – Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija got his third win of the season for Class AAA Iowa against Round Rock on June 9. In the 5-3 win, Samardzija put forth six strong innings as he recorded three strikeouts, giving up one earned run and five hits.

The Cubs' fifth round draft pick from Notre Dame in 2006 knows the meaning of struggle. After impressive outings with Chicago last season, in which he was 1-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 27.2 innings, Samardzija struggled out of the gate in 2009. In five appearances with Chicago earlier this season, Samardzija allowed three runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Now he's trying to...

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