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Column: Padres reliever Emilio ‘Eazy-E’ Pagán could make it difficult on opponents

PEORIA, Ariz. —

To unpeel the unique wiring of freshly-acquired Padres reliever Emilio Pagán, start with one of the most unlikely pitching victories in baseball history.

On May 7, 2014, the low-A Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings — Pagán’s team at the time — trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings. Seven wild innings later, he had become a bewildered 20-17 winner.

“We were in Sports Illustrated for that game,” Pagán said Thursday at a new locker with a new uniform, his fourth in four big-league seasons. “They called us the Comeback Kings. You can use that game as a metaphor.