hooray for rain delays!

the A’s beat the Orioles 5-4 (yet ANOTHER 1-run game for them) thanks to the hour-and-a-half rain delay!

loaiza gave up three runs on five hits in the first two innings but when he went back on the mound after the rain delay, he gave up three hits and no runs over the next 3+ innings. maybe we need to pray to the rain gods everytime it’s loaiza’s day to pitch?

Ellis credit also goes to crosby and ellis who hit back-to-back homeruns to tie up the game! it was crosby’s first homerun in like, 8 years (okay, more like 137 at-bats) and ellis’ homerun made him the homerun leader for a player born in south dakota! haha! congrats, ellie!!

"I’m disappointed they didn’t stop the game, give me a plaque or something,” Ellis joked. "I got messages from a couple of people, so they must have said something on TV. If you’re from there, it’s neat.

there was a SCARYYYY moment when kotsay got hit on his ear flap during the game! my heart skipped a beat when i saw that! thank GOD he’s okay!

and in other news …

swisher might be getting a contract extension soon! YAAAAAY!!!!! =D

Although nothing is imminent, the A’s are working on a long-term extension for first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, and the total might end up being more than some of the other long-term deals young Oakland players have received.

Shortstop Bobby Crosby signed a five-year, $12.75 million deal last year, and Rich Harden got a four-year, $9 million deal (with a $7 million option). Swisher might benefit from the six-year, $23.45 million deal Grady Sizemore signed with the Indians this spring, a contract that could push Swisher’s price past $13 million-$14 million for five years.

i ❤ swisher!

today’s game is nice and early (9am PST) and WHAT?!!! KOTSAY IS PLAYING FIRST BASE?!?!?!

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