Parker kicks it into regular season mode

Parker kicks it into regular season mode
March 22, 2013, 10:30 pm
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In 15 innings this spring, Parker has given up 12 earned runs, but he felt his mindset was better in his last start. (AP)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In the past, Spring hasn't been too kind to A's starting pitcher Jarrod Parker. That changed on Friday under the lights at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Parker retired the first 12 White Sox batters he faced. Slotted into the second spot of the A's rotation, the young righty struck out two batters in the first and struck out the side in the third inning.

"It was good, my mindset was a little bit better and I was able to throw four pitches for a strike tonight," Parker said. "It was the first time that I've thrown curveballs all spring and I was happy with it."

The night game afforded Parker the opportunity to follow his typical regular season routine a bit closer.

"We were down to two more starts before the regular season and I wanted to treat it like the regular season and pitch that way," Parker said.

After four perfect frames, the White Sox plated two runs off Parker in the fifth inning. The runs scored on back-to-back RBI singles. That would be all they scored against him. He came back and faced the minimum in the sixth inning.

"He looked really good, best we've seen him by far," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You could tell right away he was on it command-wise."

Prior to Friday's start, Parker had a 10.00 ERA in three starts and had allowed 16 hits and 10 earned runs in nine innings. Even with those inflated numbers he had kept his walk total down. His two walks on Friday doubled his total for the spring.

When the lights come on in the desert:

Josh Reddick sprained his left ankle in the second inning. The injury occurred when he planted awkwardly while making a catch. With the ball in the air, Reddick had to stop and make a quick adjustment to catch the ball.

The lights at Phoenix Municipal Stadium aren't as powerful as the lights in a big-league ballpark. As a result, when the ball was hit high into the air it traveled out of light range and disappeared a bit. It led to some tough reads for the outfielders and that looked like it was the case on the play Reddick made.

In the clubhouse after finishing his day, Coco Crisp said the balls looked like BBs when they went into the sky.

Peterson Performing:

Shane Peterson leads the A's with 24 games played this spring. He entered the game in the second inning to replace Reddick. Peterson ended the day 0 for 3, with three strikeouts, but he is hitting .383 this spring. He has made a very strong impression on the A's.

"He continues to hit, plays different positions, I haven't even used him at first yet, which is probably his most comfortable position," Melvin said. "He's looked like a true outfielder and when you look at the numbers he's had a spectacular camp."

Peterson, 25, was acquired by the A's in the Matt Holliday trade in 2009.

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