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Zack ‘Grienke’ winds up the victim of a wardrobe malfunction — again

Kevin Kaduk
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(MLB.TV via Getting Blanked)

It's "I" before "E," except after "C" ... and also when you're spelling the last name of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Zack Greinke. Yes, such an amendment to the old elementary-school mnemonic would have been helpful for the Halos team tailor before sending Greinke out to the mound on Sunday with his name misspelled "Grienke" on the back.

Despite the obvious mistake in the screen cap above, the error wasn't spotted by anyone at Rangers Ballpark until the fifth inning of Sunday's game and Greinke only changed into a correct jersey because the team insisted on it.

"I didn't care," Greinke said in the Los Angeles Times. "They wanted me to switch it."

Greinke isn't any stranger to wardrobe malfunctions. Last season he took the field wearing a "Bierbrauer" jersey that his Milwaukee Brewers were planning to wear a day later. Luckily, he's not a fashion bug — about the furthest thing from one, actually — so neither jersey fail fazed him. Not that he's fazed by anything, really.

As for his actual performance, Greinke gave up four earned runs during 7 1/3 innings of work in the Angels' 5-4 comeback win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader. It could end up being Greinke's last start in an Angels uniform given that he'll be a free agent this offseason. But given that the Angels gave up a good package of prospects to get Greinke from the Brewers last July, it's being rumored that they'll pull out all the stops to sign him to a new deal, including cutting ties with Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

That's all well and good, though hopefully they get his name right once they tender him a contract.

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