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A's fans give up trying to spell 'Samardzija' and go with nickname

David Brown
Big League Stew
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If at first you don't succeed in spelling Jeff "Samardzija" correctly, some fans of the Oakland Athletics figure, then try, try again. Four times, anyway. And then just go with "Shark," his nickname.

The A's already had welcomed their recent major addition a day earlier, and Samardzija pitched for the first time with his new team Sunday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum, getting off to a strong start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Via Keith Law of ESPN, here's how Samardzija's start broke down over seven innings:

And one earned run. The A's beat the Jays 4-1 for a four-game sweep.

Not only is Samardzija's stuff tough to hit, but his last name is among the tougher to spell in the majors. Fans at the Coliseum gave it a shot, trying:

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• "Samardga"

"Samardja"

• "Samarjah"

and

• "Samardzaj"

before going with

"Shark."

They caught it on TV, too:

 

Other acceptable misspellings include

• "Smardzjia"

• "Sumatra"

• "Smardgerine"

• "Smardjypants"

and

• "Smargesimpson."

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David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter!

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