OAKLAND -- Jarrod Parker's first start against the San Francisco Giants did not go as planned. He lasted just two innings after six earned runs. So is he looking for revenge?
"Not revenge," Parker said. "But I'd like to rebound from that tough outing."
It was one of only two of Parker's 10 starts with the A's in which he allowed more than two runs. But A's manager Bob Melvin had a litany of excuses for his young right hander.
"That was a tough outing for him," Melvin said. "He was sick, he had thrown a bunch of pitches the time before, he had a little knot in the back of his shoulder where the ball wasn't coming out of his hand as well, so there were a lot of things playing against him in that game. Whereas he will be plenty rested for this one."
The Giants did the damage back on May 18 without Pablo Sandoval or Buster Posey in the lineup. Things will be different this time as the Giants are coming off a day of rest and are finding some roster consistency. They've trotted out the same lineup one-through-seven the past three games.
Whoever the Giants play, Parker isn't concerned.
"Nothing changes," he said. "We're going to stick with our gameplan and pitch to my strengths."
Matchups between the A's and Giants are major events in the Bay Area, often times more so for the fans. But Melvin admitted Wednesday he's into it.
"I really enjoyed last year," Melvin said. "The back and forth between the fans I thought was pretty cool. I almost got too caught up in watching that. My guess is it will be well attended again and a lot of A's and Giants fans here going at it, and I think that's good for baseball in the area.
"Certainly for me, I'm excited about it."
The Giants claimed the series in San Francisco two games to one. Bay Area baseball bragging rights will be once again on the line this weekend in Oakland.
Brandon Inge hit a walk-off grand slam for the A's on May 9. A day later he was impressed with the celebration.
"These guys can really beat you up," Inge said of his new teammates.
So when Yoenis Cespedes, who is still nursing a strained left hamstring, ended the A's three-game series against the Dodgers with a three-run blast to left field, Inge was sure to get his revenge.
Do you go easy on a guy who's injured?
"Injuries are out the window at that point," Inge said with a smile. "Be ready."
Cespedes was, sort of. He acknowledged Kendrys Morales' home plate celebration, and the broken leg that ended his 2010 season and forced him to miss all of 2011. But was he going to take it easy?
"No chance," Cespedes said in English.
When his walk-off home run trot approached home plate -- where a bevy of teammates waited to maul him -- manager Bob Melvin admitted he was nervous.
But Cespedes looked healthy in the clubhouse, and instead of complaining about being hammered at the plate, he credited his teammates for believing in him and encouraging him as he battles back from injury.
"They told me I've hit big home runs, driven in big runs, now I needed to get that walk-off," he said through a translator. "I was thinking about it."
Give me a year:
Andrew Carignan was in the A's clubhouse with a cast that went up past his right elbow after Thursday's win. He had "Tommy John" surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow on Tuesday.
In good spirits? "As good as the situation will allow," Carignan said.
He won't pitch again this season after landing on the 60-day DL.
"This is the most intrusive thing I've had done," Carignan said of the reconstructive surgery. "Had a scope a while back, but that just set me back a few weeks. I hope to be throwing in games this time next year."
More on McCarthy Friday:
The team is actively monitoring Brandon McCarthy's troubled shoulder after a highly efficient outing in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers Tuesday.
"Nothing to this point would suggest that he'll miss his start," Melvin said.
Pitchers typically throw a bullpen two days prior to their upcoming start. With McCarthy slated to pitch the finale of the Bay Bridge Series Sunday against Matt Cain, he'll test his shoulder in a bullpen Friday.
Back in the saddle:
Josh Reddick has played in 67 of the A's 70 games this year. He got a day off Thursday after failing to record a hit in his last 19 at-bats.
He is expected to be back in the lineup against the Giants.
Batting first, and playing center field...:
This season, Coco Crisp was displaced in center field by Yoenis Cespedes and dropped to two in the lineup so Jemile Weeks could lead off.
The 11-year veteran authored another productive day atop the lineup playing center field Thursday.
Crisp finished the game 1-for-3, but his most important plate appearance came led off the bottom of the ninth when he drew a walk from Dodgers reliever Josh Lindblom.
"You get a guy like Coco on," Melvin said. "A lot of the focus is on him."
Lindblom's wild pitch and defensive lapse led to Yoenis Cespedes' walk-off home run, and Crisp scored the winning run.
Crisp is 11-for-26 (.423) with five stolen bases over the last eight games, of which the A's have won seven.