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Samardzija wants to start

Updated: February 18, 2010, 6:17 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Jeff Samardzija has made 46 appearances in the major leagues the past two seasons, two of them were starts. The 25-year-old Chicago Cubs' right-hander hopes that changes this season.

With the fifth spot in the starting rotation open and another available while Ted Lilly recovers from shoulder surgery, the former No. 1 draft pick should have plenty of opportunity to begin the season as a starter.

"I want to be a starter," Samardzija said Thursday on "The Afternoon Saloon" ...

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