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Samardzija was officially named the Opening Day starter by manager Robin Ventura on Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports.

This just confirms what we already assumed, as Samardzija was the obvious choice to open Chicago's 2015 campaign if Chris Sale (foot) could not go.

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Samardzija is scheduled to be the Opening Day starter against the Royals, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Normal Opening Day starter Chris Sale (foot) is expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season which will ultimately move Samardzija into that role. This means that Samardzija has the edge over Jose Quintana heading into the regular season as Samardzija makes his White Sox debut against the Royals on Apr. 6.

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Samardzija is the likely Opening Day starter for the White Sox due to Chris Sale's injury, Bruce Levin of 670thescore.com says.

Samardzija will likely make his White Sox debut a little earlier than planned. Sale will have to take three weeks off, then begin his baseball activities for the season, pushing his Opening Day availability into heavy doubt.

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Samardzija and the White Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.8 million deal Friday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Set to serve as the second starter for the White Sox behind Chris Sale, Samardzija is in line for another strong fantasy season on a White Sox squad that should offer significantly better run support than what Samardzija received the last time he played for a Chicago team.

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The A's have agreed to trade Samardzija to the White Sox in exchange for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt and a player to be named later, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Samardzija will return to Chicago after a half-season stint with the A's, forming one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball alongside Chris Sale. The right-hander posted a 2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 33 starts last season en route to his first All-Star selection, and his 46.2 percent career groundball rate bodes well for his chances of maintaining success in the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field.

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Samardzija is close to being traded to the White Sox for infielder Marcus Semien and additional prospects, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The trade isn't official and the details on the prospects going to Oakland are murky, but it sounds like the White Sox will dramatically upgrade their pitching staff with a trade for Samardzija and the signing of closer David Robertson to a four-year deal.

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Samardzija shut the Angels out for seven innings Monday, allowing five hits while striking out three en route to his seventh win of the season.

Samardzija finally got some run support from the A's offense. The right-hander is now 1-1 in September with a 1.24 ERA over four starts. Samardzija faces Texas on Saturday in his last outing of the regular season.

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Samardzija was dominant Wednesday, pitching eight scoreless innings on four hits while striking out 10 in a no-decision against the Rangers.

Only four runner reached base versus Samardzija, who left the game with a 1-0 lead after eight innings. Unfortunately, closer Sean Doolittle imploded to the tune of five runs in a third of an inning ensuring both the A's and Samardzija's chance at a win were gone. The right-hander's winless streak grows to four games. Over that span he has allowed only five run in 30 innings (1.50 ERA). Samardzija might have to throw a complete game to seal a victory Monday against the Angels.

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Samardzija tossed seven shutout innings Wednesday versus the White Sox, scattering six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a no-decision.

Samardzija left the game with a one-run lead, but it was blown in the eighth when setup man Luke Gregerson coughed up two runs. The right-hander is winless in his last three starts despite surrendering only five runs in 22 innings (2.05 ERA) over that span for the struggling Athletics. Samardzija take the hill Tuesday at home against the Rangers.

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Samardzija (4-5) took the loss on Friday against the Astros as he allowed four runs on six hits through seven innings pitched, while striking out nine hitters.

It was a strange night for Samardzija as he got hurt by Jon Singleton and Chris Carter home runs, but was dominant otherwise. Samardzija stayed ahead of hitters and just had a couple of poor-placed pitches that did him in.