#Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter.
— Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca) March 3, 2013
The Opening Day matchup is officially set. The Pirates recently announced that A.J. Burnett would take the hill on April 1st, and now the Cubs have selected right-hander Jeff Samardzija to get the opening nod.
Samardzija, 28, went 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA in 28 starts for Chicago in 2012. The former two-sport athlete at Notre Dame shut down the Bucs in two outings last season. He won both ballgames, posting a 1.06 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings.
Opening Day is rapidly approaching; April 1st is four weeks from tomorrow, and it’ll be here before we know it. Burnett vs. Samardzjia should be a good showdown. If you need Opening Day tickets, there’s a good selection HERE.