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A's lose two to injuries in doubleheader split

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wednesday was filled with good news and bad for the Oakland A's.

The Athletics split a doubleheader with the Seattle Mariners, losing the opener 6-4 in 10 innings but winning the second game 2-0. They lost center fielder Coco Crisp to a strained neck and reliever Ryan Cook to a strained forearm in the opener, but they got a spectacular outing in Game 2 from reliever Drew Pomeranz, who threw five shutout innings in his first start for Oakland.

In the opener, the A's scored four runs and had 11 hits against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, their nemesis, knocking him out of the game with a three-run rally in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. However, for just the third time in his career, Hernandez didn't strike out a single batter. Yet the A's lost.

"It was a long day," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You don't often get to Felix, especially us, and then we end up giving it up. It's pretty demoralizing, but you have to go out there for a second game, and this team has been pretty resilient over the years."

Pomeranz, who started for most of the previous three seasons with the Colorado Rockies before being traded to the A's in December, allowed just two hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter in the nightcap. He made it clear that he is a viable option to join the rotation, which has no wins from No. 5 starter Tommy Milone and only one from No. 4 starter Dan Straily.

Crisp injured himself in the top of the fourth inning, crashing into the right-center-field fence after making a spectacular catch. He left that game, missed the second game and will likely miss a couple of days, Melvin said.

Cook hurt his pitching arm in the top of the 10th inning and couldn't continue after striking out Seattle designated hitter Corey Hart. He will undergo an MRI exam Thursday.

"I felt it on the last two pitches to Hart," Cook said. "I threw a slider and my forearm tightened up on me. I stretched it out to be able to throw again, and I threw the slider that struck him out. Then it really locked up. That was about as much as I could take.

"I've never had anything happen like this before, so I have nothing to compare it to. Right now it's tight. ... I actually am really optimistic."

Cook said he has no pain in his elbow.
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