Cubs Vs. Athletics Preview: Samardzija Looks To Impress In Second Start

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been impressive in limited innings this spring, giving up only two earned runs in six innings and holding opponents to a .150 BAA. But six innings is obviously a small sample, and Samardzija will need to keep up that production if he's going to convince Cubs fans, and the the team's new brass, that he's ready to turn the corner and leave the inconsistencies that has plagued his career behind.

He will be joined in the starting line up by a mixture of Cubs regulars, back ups and sure minor leaguers. Here is today's line up, with the first pitch coming at 3:05 p.m. CT.

1. Reed Johnson, RF

2. Blake DeWitt, 3B

3. Alfonso Soriano, LF

4. Joe Mather, CF

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Wellington Castillo, C

7. Junior Lake, SS

8. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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