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First note, last word

2.22: Jeff Samardzija's career ERA in 20 appearances against the Pirates. Samardzija, along with fellow starter Jason Hammel, was traded out the National League Central by the Cubs to the A's on Friday night.

"I do believe when they get Samardzija on the mound, this will be a retro Dennis Eckersley lookalike from back in the day. With that hair, and they get a mustache on him, that'll be right up there." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Samardzija's trade to the A's.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for
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