A’s Roundup: Nick Swisher Is Lonely

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  • Nick Swisher hit his first homerun since his homerun-celebration-dance-partner Milton Bradley left the team. The solution? Do the dance by himself. Anyway, the A’s beat the Mariners in the opener of a huge four-game series against their division foes (who currently sit 3.5 games ahead of them in the standings). Bobby Crosby also went yard, and Chad Gaudin continued his improbable run as a solid starter. Harden goes tonight. [SFGate]
  • As good as Gaudin has been, his tiny 2.88 ERA is a bit misleading. [Catfish Stew]
  • A’s fans are clamoring for the A’s to bring back those red, white and blue uniforms. Just every once in a while. [Athletics Nation]
  • The A’s, racism, a lack of black A’s, Milton Bradley and Dave Del Grande. Discuss. [Sac Bee]
  • Meanwhile, Dave Del Grande–who earlier called Billy Beane a racist (more or less–has apologized and retracted his inflammatory column. [The FanHouse]
  • Your A’s pitchers’ injury updates: Kiko Calero is just about ready to return. Huston Street played catch. Esteban Loaiza wil make a rehab start this weekend. [SFGate]
  • Also, Rich Harden looked good in a side session and plans on starting against the M’s tomorrow (Saturday). [ESPN]

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