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Samardzija Gets Opening Day Nod, Garza Headed To DL

Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Hohokam Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Hohokam Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jeff Samardzija will be the opening-day starter for the Chicago Cubs, who said Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday that Samardzija will start at Pittsburgh on April 1. He was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA last season, when he had a 2.39 ERA in his last seven starts.

Samardzija will be joined in the rotation by Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva, Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman.

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