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Duchscherer (2-1) missed all of last season after having elbow surgery and was limited to 17 games in 2007 with a right hip injury that required two surgeries, one that year and another in 2008. He said this pain, "a real sharp, quick jolt," reminded him of the earlier injury.
"It feels almost identical," Duchscherer said. "As far as I know, we're going to get an MRI and see what's going on. Hopefully it's nothing compared to what happened on the other one."
Oakland has already placed nine players on the disabled list so far this season.
"It's frustrating. We're not here to be hurt, we're here to play games," Duchscherer said. "I've been through this enough to know the only thing I can do is stay positive and hope for the best of it, so that's what I'm going to do."
Romero allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Shawn Camp and Scott Downs each worked an inning and Kevin Gregg struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.
Kevin Kouzmanoff's RBI single gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first and the Athletics added two more off Romero in the third. Kouzmanoff reached on a fielder's choice, Adam Rosales walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Jake Fox followed with a two-run double.
Toronto pulled within one in the bottom half when Buck and Snider homered on consecutive pitches from Duchscherer, snapping his scoreless innings streak at 21. For the Blue Jays, the homers ended a 19-inning scoreless drought.
Duchscherer left with runners at first and second in the fourth. Blevins came on and served up Buck's second homer, putting Toronto up 5-3. Buck's one-out blast off Breslow in the sixth matched his career high with five RBIs.
Duchscherer came in with a 1.82 ERA in four starts but allowed four runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings in this one, raising his ERA to 2.89.
NOTES: Darrin Fletcher was the last Toronto catcher to hit three homers in a game, doing it Aug. 27, 2000, at Texas. ... An MRI taken Wednesday on Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki revealed a strained muscle in his left side, forcing him to miss his fifth straight game. ... The Athletics called up RHP Trevor Cahill from Triple-A to start against Toronto on Friday in place of LHP Brett Anderson (elbow).
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