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Samardzija pitches 3 in Cubs' loss to D-backs

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, a candidate to start opening day at Pittsburgh, pitched out of enough trouble to get through three innings with the lead in Chicago's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Samardzija walked three, including two when he loaded the bases with none out in the second inning, made his second spring start and became the first Cubs pitcher to get through three innings.

Samardzija, who made a successful transition from the bullpen to starting rotation last season, allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the second, but a double play and strikeout limited the damage to one run allowed.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill pitched two innings in his first start of the spring, allowing the first three batters he faced to reach in a two-run first before retiring the final six he faced.

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