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Eric O'Flaherty

A's fall to Blue Jays as Pomeranz struggles in emergency start

OAKLAND, Calif. Drew Pomeranz began the season in the A's rotation before helping to settle a turbulent bullpen, and he was the emergency replacement Thursday after scheduled starter Scott Kazmir was traded to Houston. As it turned out, Pomeranz lasted just 44 pitches and got only five outs as the A's lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series at the Coliseum. Now it's not clear if he's going to stick in the rotation. A's manager Bob Melvin said before the game that the club would look to stretch out Pomeranz's pitch count, but that didn't happen in a brief performance Thursday that included giving up a two-run homer to...