Samardzija and Cahill look ready

Updated: March 12, 2013, 1:58 PM ET
By Keith Law

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Some notes on Monday's Chicago Cubs-Arizona Diamondbacks tilt at Salt River Fields.

Jeff Samardzija was mostly the Good Shark on Monday, working at 93-96 mph for much of his outing, keeping the ball down, flashing a plus slider at 83-87 as well as a cutter at 90-91. He had one bad inning where he was getting way too much of the plate, walking pitcher Trevor Cahill (a felony) and then allowing a homer to Adam Eaton (whose home run trot was so fast he nearly caught up to Cahill as they approached home plate), as well as two other hard-hit balls in the inning.