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Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on five hits, including a home run, and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings of the no-decision against the Rays Monday.
Like his counterpart Jason Hammel, who came over in the trade with the Cubs, Samardzija has had his struggles, albeit not as rough as Hammel, but definitely not to the overly liking of A's fans nor his fantasy owners. Monday's outing was not horrible, but considering he only struck out three batters and had allowed three-plus runs in three of his first five starts with his new club coming into Monday's outing he is surely meeting very few peoples' early expectations since the trade. Luckily for him, his next start on Saturday is a very favorable one at home against the Twins.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Addison Russell will start and bat ninth Tuesday.
The team wasn’t going to bring up a top prospect to have him sit on the bench. The Cubs were getting little production out of their second baseman, so they had Russell work in at second base while in the minors. The fantasy potential for this kid is high and owners should consider picking him up, in case he performs like everyone expects. He is going to take his bumps early, so don’t give up hope on the young star. Analysis: Colby Conway
Al Horford said he's good to go for game two.
Horford suffered a hand injury during the fourth quarter of Game 1 but was able to return and play the final six minutes but with his ring and pinky finger taped together. X-rays taken on the hand were negative but Horford expressed that he was in considerable pain. Given that it's playoff time there was little chance Horford would not be on the court for the Hawks Game 2 matchup against the Nets. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba