A 7 run 5th inning, sparked by Carlos Beltran’s 3 run blast (his 8th of the season) has the Mets beating the A’s, 9-3 through 7 innings today in soggy Oakland. 33 year old Brian Daubach, previously putting up big numbers for Norfolk, started at first today for the Mets and has scored twice and walked 3 times. Mike Piazza homered to left center a few minutes ago, his first roundtripper since King’s X were still playing big rooms.

(despite allowing HR’s to Mark Kotsay and Nick Swisher, Kris Benson stands to pick up his 5th win)

It is a special day for Fox Sports/MSG yackmeister Fran Healy — daughter Debbie has given birth to his first grandson. Congratulations to the Healy family, and here’s praying that Fran’s way with words skips a couple of generations.

(UPDATE : P Danny Graves, flashing the form that made him a target of fan abuse towards the end of his stay in Cincinatti, allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the 8th. A minor league tune up for Graves was ruled out because….there’s no symphony orchestra in Norfolk, VA?)

(UPDATE 2 : Braden Looper pitched a scoreless 9th, earning his 13th save. Kaz Matsui, having fouled a ball off his left knee minutes earlier, was on the receiving end of Jason Kendall’s uncanny Roy Keane impersonation, the A’s catcher trying unsuccessfully to break up the game-ending DP. Matsui had to be helped off the field, a scary sight what with Miguel Cairo on the DL).