Athletics sweep away anemic-hitting Blue Jays

Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers against the Blue Jays during first inning action in...

Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers against the Blue Jays during first inning action in Oakland on Sunday, July 6, 2014. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

OAKLAND - As if they really needed to have their noses rubbed in it, the Blue Jays got a closeup look at the pitcher who got away Sunday.

The verdict? Yep, Jeff Samardzija is pretty good at baseball.

He might have been a big help to the Jays, especially if he could hit.

Linked in trade talks to the Blue Jays ever since the end of last season, Samardzija was dealt to the A's on Friday by the Chicago Cubs. He made his west coast debut against Toronto Sunday, working seven strong innings, allowing just four hits and a run as Oakland beat the Blue Jays 4-2 to complete a four-game sweep. He struck out five, including the last three Jays he faced in the seventh.

For Toronto it was the same old story of offensive anemia. They had five hits, two by Munenori Kawasaki, but once again not one base hit with a man in scoring position. Steve Tolleson did hit a solo ninth inning pinch-hit home run, their only long ball of the series.


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