Jeff S. gets the Opening Day nod.
Jeff Samardzija will open the Cubs’ 2013 season where he finished with his best start of last season.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum named Samardzija as the Opening Day starter for the April 1 game against the Pirates at PNC Park.
“I’ve gone through some humbling baseball experiences in ‘09 and ‘10 that puts a lot of things into perspective,” Samardzija said Sunday. “I’m excited. I’ve said this before, just the best thing as an athlete is all your hard work, you see positive gains from it. It gets you to keep working hard and keep improving. You get a little taste of success and you want that to keep going. I feel that’s where I’m at now and I want to keep the ball rolling.”