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* Jeff Samardzija starts Monday night for the Cubs. He’s coming off a loss against the Padres in which he gave up one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six and also broke his bat over his knee. He threw 112 pitches, one shy of his season high, set May 18 against the White Sox. Samardzija has struck out 130 while walking 49. The Cubs are 11-11 in his starts. He has received two or fewer runs of support while on the mound in each of his last six starts.
* Alfonso Soriano has eight RBIs in his last eight games and has stolen a base in three of his last six contests. His 25 doubles are two shy of the 27 he collected all of last year. Soriano’s 20 go-ahead RBI are tied for eighth in the NL this year. His game-winning two-run homer Thursday was his 20th home run of the season, giving him 11-straight 20 home run campaigns. He joins David Ortiz and Albert Pujols as the only hitters to record 11-consecutive 20-home run seasons, including this year.
* Carlos Marmol has converted his last 13 save opportunities, dating to May 2, and has a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12 1/3 IP) in those games. He was successful in a career-best 18-straight save situations, Aug. 21, 2010-April 2, 2011.
– Carrie Muskat