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White Sox: Jeff Samardzija set for return start in Oakland

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White Sox: Jeff Samardzija set for return start in Oakland

OAKLAND — Jeff Samardzija isn’t sure how he’ll be received by A’s fans on Sunday afternoon, but he isn’t too nervous.

The pitcher returns to the O.Co Coliseum on Sunday as the White Sox look to complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s and end an already strong road trip on a high note. Samardzija went 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 16 starts last season for Oakland after the Cubs dealt him in a massive July 4 trade. The right-hander has fond memories of his A’s experience even though the Kansas City Royals eliminated them from the postseason in the Wild Card playoff.

“As soon as you walk in you know it’s a different feeling, a different little aura about it,” Samardzija said. “ It’s cool and it’s good to be back here, they’ve got good fans and you always know the A’s are going to play hard.”

Samardzija got exactly the situation he desired when the A’s sent Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily to the Cubs for him and Jason Hammel. Oakland manager Bob Melvin has been highly complimentary of Samardzija and said he easily fit in the clubhouse. Samardzija loved his A’s experience after enduring several seasons of rebuilding with the Cubs.

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“It was cool to come into a situation where you had to hold your own to right the ship and keep it going where you wanted it to go,” Samardzija said. “You always want to pull your own weight, especially when you’re coming in to a situation like that.

“We had a lot of similar personalities on the team, a lot of guys where their No. 1 goal was just playing baseball and having fun and doing it.”

Asked about how the crowd, Samardzija joked he couldn’t remember how he performed for the A’s in Oakland. He went 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA in nine home starts. But he feels like his departure, a six-player trade that brought him to the Sox in December, should offer him even more leeway.

“I’m trying to remember how I performed here and if it was up to their standards,” Samardzija said with a laugh. “We’ll see. They know it wasn’t my call on leaving, so usually they’re a little nicer when you leave and you were traded.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.