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Samardzija's career-high not enough as Cubs' offense sputters
Jeff Samardzija set a career-high with 13 strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from his offense as the Cubs fell to the Braves, 5-1. Starlin Castro led Chicago with two hits in the loss.
Cubs see growth potential in Rizzo, Castro and their young core
As the Cubs prepare to set sail on the 2013 season, they're hoping to see a group of young players -- headlined by Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo -- continue to take steps forward.
Cubs notes: Samardzija turns a corner with Opening Day approaching
Jeff Samardzija appears to be on track for a promising Opening Day start, while Ian Stewart and Starlin Castro prepare for their return to Cactus League play.