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Jeff Samardzija continues to excel despite Sharknado of trade rumors

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Jeff Samardzija continues to excel despite Sharknado of trade rumors

BOSTON — If Jeff Samardzija is worried about Friday’s trade deadline, it hasn’t surfaced on the mound.

The White Sox right-hander made the most of his first start at Fenway Park on Tuesday night and kept his red-hot team in the thick of things as he pitched into the ninth inning in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

With a White Sox selloff seeming less likely each day — six straight victories has quickly changed matters — Samardzija kept the Red Sox in check while his offense and defense continued to impress. Once 32-42 and ninth in the wild-card race, the White Sox are four games back and sixth in the race for two spots.

“He’s done a great job,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I know there’s a lot of speculation, and there is probably a Shark Watch somewhere. He’s done a great job of just staying focused on what he’s doing.”

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The recent run reportedly has forced general manager Rick Hahn to give his club more time before he makes the choice to buy or sell, most analysts heavily expecting the latter. A free agent at the end of the season, Samardzija is the team’s most tradable commodity and would seem to command a strong return for the White Sox given the recent trades of Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir. Along with Cole Hamels and David Price, Samardzija’s name has been one of the most common in trade rumors for weeks as the White Sox sputtered. But it hasn’t affected Samardzija, who is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five July starts.

He credits his success to last year’s experience with the Cubs, when Samardzija knew it was only a matter of when, not if, he would be traded. Now that the White Sox have begun to hit — they’ve outscored opponents 45-17 on their road trip — and catch the ball, Samardzija thinks the club’s actions have extending its chances of avoiding the chopping block.

“After the last couple of years, I’m pretty confident in what I’m concentrating on and what’s important to me, and like I said, things are not in my control and there’s really no reason to worry about them,” Samardzija said. “As long as we can keep playing the way we play and up to our standards, it’s going to be hard to break anyone up. We have a great group here, and I think we expect a lot of great things out of ourselves.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.