Found March 01, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jeff Samardzija
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs
Jeff Samardzija is eager to build off last season and grab one of the spots in the Cubs' rotation.

Chicago Cubs: 3 Up and 3 Down

Since the Chicago Cubs last made the playoffs in 2008 they have been experiencing a steady decline that culminated with last season’s 5th place finish and 71-91 record. Enter new President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. Luring Epstein to the north side is the front office equivalent of the Angels signing Albert Pujols. Actually, it might be like landing Pujols and Prince...

The Cubs are about to play actual Cubs baseball

So, its Friday, Kerry Wood tried to take out our best offensive player, bunting is cool again, Jeff Samardzija loves the camera, the squad is preparing to move on down the road to Ho-Ho-Kam, and Maholm was leveled by the flu in the desert. Interesting times at Cubs camp. So, let’s get to some rambling and enjoyable conversations for a Friday. • Jed said he is working hard...

Soriano may move to cleanup for Cubs

(Eds: Updates.) After losing two of their top three run producers from last season, the Chicago Cubs might open 2012 with outfielder Alfonso Soriano as their cleanup hitter. Spring training games don't start until Sunday, and new manager Dale Sveum said his lineup is still very much a work in progress. But his early thoughts include newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus leading...

Samardzija getting a chance to start for Cubs

After posting a 2.97 earned-run average and logging 88 innings out of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen in 2011, right-hander Jeff Samardzija is getting an opportunity to start in camp this year.

James Russell has chance to blossom with Sean Marshall gone

MESA, Ariz. — James Russell was back home in Texas, kicking back on the couch with his dad during the holidays, when he found out about Cubs teammate Sean Marshall. ‘‘We were flipping through channels, and then all of a sudden we see Sean got traded,’’ Russell said. ‘‘It was a big surprise...

Cubs, fans eager to see prospect Jackson

Dale Sveum sounded just like a Cubs fan when he talked about his first impressions of Brett Jackson. Cubs fans are excited to see what Jackson can do, too.

Competitive Garza animated on and off mound

You've seen Matt Garza on the top step of the dugout, cheering, clapping and extolling the Cubs on days he's not pitching. All the gyrations and animation don't go unnoticed by his teammates.

Cubs' shrink working with players on mental side of game

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are not only working overtime on fundamentals in Camp Sveum, they’re also looking to improve mentally.
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