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Jeff Samardzija hopes to make rotation

Updated: February 27, 2010, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. -- When most sports fans talk about Jeff Samardzija, they mention the agile receiver who used to catch Brady Quinn's touchdown passes at Notre Dame. Then, as an afterthought: "Oh, and isn't he trying to pitch for the Chicago Cubs?"

As much as he loves a good football conversation, Samardzija wants this to be the year people are talking baseball when he is the subject.

He spent a month in the Mexican League last fall working on the breaking pitch he needs to be an ...

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