Samardzija to start opening day for Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Samardzija will start opening day for the Chicago Cubs on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs announced Friday.

The right-hander struck out 214 last season in 213 2-3 innings, but had a 4.34 ERA and an 8-13 record.

Travis Wood will pitch the second game on April 2 while Edwin Jackson will pitch the third game on April 3.

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