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Samardzija to start Cubs’ opener; Garza DL bound


Posted on March 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on March 3, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.

MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija will be the opening-day starter for the Chicago Cubs, who said Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday that Samardzija will start at Pittsburgh on April 1. He was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA last season, when he had a 2.39 ERA in his last seven starts.

Samardzija will be joined in the rotation by Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva, Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman.




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 Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watches practice during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Caldwell has had a calming presence on his new team, perhaps giving the franchise what it needed after five years with the emotionally charged Jim Schwartz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Updated at 6:50 p.m.
 Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) and Adam Eaton (1) celebrate their 7-4 win against the Detroit Tigers after a baseball game in Detroit,  Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Updated at 6:31 p.m.
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