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Irish Relief

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In his major league debut, righthander Jeff Samardzija threw a 99 mph fastball, a wild pitch on a pitchout, gave up a game-tying run and struck out two batters in a pair of innings. The former Notre Dame wide receiver called the July 25 effort against the Marlins "bittersweet."

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Bringing His High-A Game

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James Adduci appears ready to play high Class A ball. In 2007, the lefthanded-hitting outfielder opened the season with high Class A Daytona and hit just .121/.121/.152 with 13 strikeouts in 33 at-bats before he was sent down to low Class A Peoria. Adduci shook off the initial disappointment of the demotion and prospered in Peoria, hitting .292/.345/.362 with 20 steals in 401 at-bats.

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Unlikely Lefty

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Early in spring training, the buzz was that Scott Eyre and Neal Cotts would be the two lefties in the bullpen most likely to break camp with the parent squad. Then Cotts struggled in Cactus League action and was demoted to Triple-A Iowa in the middle of camp. Then manager Lou Piniella said the Cubs just might break camp with only one southpaw reliever. Then Eyre hurt his elbow. Speculation in the final week of camp was that Sean Marshall, who was out of the starting derby, would get the nod. In the end, the guy who got the call was lefty Carmen Pignatiello, who posted a 0.87 ERA in 11 Cactus League games.

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Mashing In Mexico

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Throughout the minor league system, the word quickly spread. If you produce, there is a good chance you will be in Chicago. Former Fresno State standout Casey McGehee is itching for that chance. The 25-year-old has spent five seasons in the minors without a callup and is crossing his fingers this will be the year.

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