Link Dump 9/9 - It's a Hard (en) Gonna Fall

The A's, riding Swisher's grand slam blast and Frank-being-Frank's nightly homerun beat the Rays 8-6 last night. Nice to see Swish have a 4-4 night. We need him to hit like he was earlier in the season. His and Thomas' one-upmanship on homers and and big hits has been fun to watch.

The offense looked pretty good, but Danny Haren had another rough start, though.

"It wasn't pretty," said Haren, who allowed 10 hits and six runs in six innings. "I thought I battled." Does anyone else think Haren could use a skipped turn in the rotation? It seems that all our starters, minus Loiaza (waiting for lightening to strike me) have been scuffling lately.

Street also pitched his first game off the DL. He looked okay, but most importantly, he felt okay.

Street admitted he was anxious when he came in but felt more confident that he wouldn't re-injure himself.
"It took a while,'' he said. The third at-bat "I was like, 'OK, it's fine, it's not going to give way.' '

Looks like Kotsay could be out for the week, due to back issues. Though nothing is certain just yet. Then again, playing 6 games on turf is never good.

Looks like Arn and Billy are going to start chatting on an extension for Frank. I hope we can get something done that works for both sides. Apparently Frank really wants to come back, and it definitely seems like Billy and Lew want him back. Also, Tellern mentioned wanting to broach the topic of an extension for Kendall, in which he said they might find a way to reduce the amount owed next year (about $8m from Oakland) in exchange for a more years. I'd be really happy to have Kendall for a few more seasons at a fair price (around $5m per would seem reasonable). He could be a great teacher for Suzuki and our other catchers coming up.

Jason Windsor has been called up by the A's. Seems like a smart move to help strengthen the 'pen, plus give him some exposure to the pennant race. On top of all that, given that most of our starting rotation seems to be going through dead arms right now, he could make a spot start if need be.

And most important of all...Rich "I 'Ain't Dead Yet, Muthafu$*a!" Harden threw a 40 pitch session yesterday and felt great. It seems more and more likely that Rich is going to pitch for the Green and Gold in September.

If all goes well, Harden could be back next week sometime, probably working in relief, at least initially. One of the A's top two starters, Harden has been out more than three months with a strained elbow ligament.
He's scheduled for a simulated game Sunday morning, though that will depend on how he feels, then he could go on a rehab assignment if any of the minor-league teams are still in action, according to assistant general manager David Forst.
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