- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Samardzija will start opening day for the Chicago Cubs on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs announced Friday.

The right-hander struck out 214 last season in 213 2-3 innings, but had a 4.34 ERA and an 8-13 record.

Travis Wood will pitch the second game on April 2 while Edwin Jackson will pitch the third game on April 3.

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