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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Samardzija allowed just two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings but the A's lost to the Angels on Saturday.
Samardzija was great, yielding only four hits (and zero walks) over his eight frames while striking out nine Anaheim hitters. But the struggling Oakland offense failed to manage a single run. The A's are now four games back of the Angels in the AL West standings. Aug 30 - 11:56 PM

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Jeff Samardzija yielded two runs over eight innings and struck out 10 in defeating the Astros on Monday.

A two-run homer by Chris Carter in the bottom of the eighth concluded Samardzija's evening on a sour note, but it was still a nice bounce-back effort from him after he gave up seven runs to the Mets last time out. The 10 strikeouts matched his season high, which was established against the Giants on May 26.
Aug 25 - 11:43 PM

Jeff Samardzija was knocked around for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

It was his shortest outing since joining the A's. Samardzija just didn't have it, as he gave up seven hits (including two home runs) and two walks while striking out three. He needed 83 pitches just to record 11 outs. The 29-year-old now owns a 3.27 ERA over 26 starts this season and will look to bounce back next week against the Astros on the road.
Aug 20 - 7:16 PM

Jeff Samardzija was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Royals.

Samardzija took a 3-2 lead into the seventh, when he gave up a single and a double with one out. Ryan Cook, who had been flawless of late, took over then and allowed both runners to score while also giving up three runs of his own, resulting in a 7-3 loss for the A's. Samardzija is now 3-2 in eight starts for the A's, while the team is 6-2 in those games. So, luck still isn't entirely on his side. Of course, it's a lot better than going 2-7 in 17 starts for the Cubs.
Aug 14 - 5:41 PM

Jeff Samardzija allowed a pair of runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the Rays.

Samardzija struck out three and walked one. Since arriving from the Cubs on July 4, Samardzija boasted a 0.82 WHIP and .203 opponents' batting average in five starts. He's gone at least 6 2/3 innings in all six of his starts in Oakland. Samardzija has a great matchup this weekend when he hosts the Twins.
Aug 5 - 2:07 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Astros on Tuesday.

Samardzija was in line for his second loss as a member of the A's before a rally in the ninth inning let him off the hook. The right-hander gave up three extra-base hits among his six hits allowed, walking two while striking out seven. It wasn't his best performance, but Samardzija still has a 3.19 ERA over five starts since being dealt to the A's. He'll look for his third American League win against the Rays on Monday.
Jul 29 - 11:44 PM

Jeff Samardzija limited the Astros to one run and five hits over eight innings in a victory Thursday.

Samardzija struck out six and walked none against the accommodating Astros lineup. As a member of the Cubs, Samardzija went winless in six starts this year when he allowed one or no runs. He's now 2-0 for the A's in such outings.
Jul 24 - 6:55 PM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered four runs in seven innings Friday against the Orioles in his third start for the A's.

The A's let him off the hook in the end, saving him from what would have been his second loss for his new team. Two-run homers from Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado accounted for the Orioles' runs. He had given up just two homers with runners on in 19 starts coming into the night.
Jul 19 - 12:57 AM

Jeff Samardzija took a complete-game loss after giving up three runs in eight innings Friday against the Mariners.

It was Samardzija's fourth career complete game and first of 2014. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out five.
Jul 12 - 12:59 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed just one run over seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, earning his first win in an Athletics uniform on Sunday.

Samardzija had just two wins through 17 starts with the Cubs, so he'll certainly enjoy playing with a much better A's club. The right-hander allowed just four hits and a walk on the day, striking out five. It was a good debut and set the tone for what should be a good second half for Samardzija and fantasy owners. He's got one more start before the break, which will come Friday at the Mariners.
Jul 6 - 10:41 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel from the Cubs for SS Addison Russell, RHP Dan Straily, OF Billy McKinney and a player to be named or cash considerations.

Parting with Russell may seem like a lot for the A’s to give up, but it appears as though general manager Billy Beane is going for it all this season. The Athletics already owned one of the top rotations in all of baseball, and the addition of Samardzija and Hammel make them even more formidable, especially in a playoff series. In acquiring both Cubs hurlers, they also limit the pool of potential acquisitions from other American League teams looking for rotation upgrades. Samardzija has been outstanding this season, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 103/31 K/BB ratio over 108 innings, and should see his numbers improve with the move away from Wrigley Field to the spacious confines in Oakland.
Jul 5 - 12:08 PM

Jeff Samardzija is expected to debut with the Athletics on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

While the trade has yet to be officially announced, Samardzija has boarded a plane and is headed for Oakland. He should see a massive upgrade to his fantasy value, going from the hitter friendly Wrigley Field, to the spacious grounds and vast foul territory in Oakland, not to mention the huge upgrade in offensive talent backing him.
Jul 5 - 10:39 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs.

The Cubs will receive top prospect shortstop Addison Russell in return, but other players and teams may be involved. It's a blockbuster deal for Oakland, who have bolstered their starting rotation in one fell swoop. It's clear that they are going for the gold this year.
Jul 4 - 10:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cubs and Athletics are in serious talks on a potential big trade.

The Athletics are in need of rotation help, and the Cubs are actively shopping Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so there could very easily be a match here. Rosenthal also notes that A's top prospect Addison Russell has been discussed in a potential deal with the Cubs.
Jul 4 - 9:12 PM

Jeff Samardzija was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- over five innings Saturday by the Nationals.

Samardzija struck out six and didn't walk a batter, but the Nats tagged him for seven hits -- including two home runs. The right-hander is now 2-7 on the season with a 2.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 103/31 K/BB ratio in 108 innings. He will pitch at Washington next.
Jun 28 - 11:13 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Geovany Soto
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Brandon Moss
2Stephen Vogt
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Sam Fuld
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Adam Dunn
2John Jaso
3Kyle Blanks
4Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Dan Otero
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9Fernando Rodriguez
10Drew Pomeranz