"We've made that play a lot of times," Samardzija said. "It's nice to have that over there. It's a nice commodity to have a first baseman who can pick it like Riz."
• Looking ahead to the Cubs' series against the Diamondbacks, Travis Wood will start Monday and Jason Hammel on Tuesday. Wood and Hammel had both pitched Wednesday in the Cubs' doubleheader against the Yankees.
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