Right-hander Jeff Samardzija made his first start as a member of the Athletics on Sunday afternoon, holding the Blue Jays to one run in seven innings of work (box score). He struck out five and threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes (69 percent).
Samardzija allowed the run on a Melky Cabrera ground out to second. Jose Reyes singled and Munenori Kawasaki doubled earlier in the inning. At one point from the first through sixth innings, Samardzija retired 14 of 15 batters faced, with the only exception being a walk to Reyes.
The Athletics traded top prospect Addison Russell and others to acquire both Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs on Friday. Hammel will make his debut with Oakland in the coming days.
The A's came into Sunday with the best record in baseball at 54-33 and the trade is a sign they are clearly going for it.
Oakland won Sunday's game over the Blue Jays 4-2.