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• Jarrod Parker allowed three homers, including two by Dexter Fowler, in his final spring tuneup, but got his work in Wednesday by pitching 4 1/3 innings against the Rockies. Parker, who will pitch the second game of the opening series against the Mariners, said the chance to start five innings and use all his pitches made the day a success.

"I got myself five times up and I feel good, and with five days' rest, I'll be ready to go Tuesday," said Parker, who finished the spring with a 7.45 ERA.

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The main bit of work Parker got done in Arizona was refining his offspeed stuff to further deepen his repertoire.

"I feel pretty good with all four pitches at this point," Parker said. "I was able to work on my curveball this spring and take it into the season. I'm feeling pretty fresh and that's the important part right now."

• The A's used several Minor Leaguers through much of Wednesday's game, as regulars like Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick had one at-bat and then prepared for a quick getaway, as the team heads back home for the Bay Bridge Series. What that did was give Minor Leaguers like outfielders Jeremy Barfield, who homered, D'Arby Myers and Josh Whitaker playing time in a Major League situation.

"This is really kind of a moment for them to shine, to come over and play significant innings in front of a big crowd like that," manager Bob Melvin said after the team's 6-5 victory over the Rockies. "It's nice that not only can you get them into games like that, but also come away with the win."

• Right-hander Mike Eckstrom pitched two innings and battled through a scoreless ninth for his third save of the spring, continuing to impress Melvin.

"He's gone multiple innings for us several times. He's coming with us to the Bay Area, and deservedly so," Melvin said.

• Melvin's surprise of camp: infielder Eric Sogard, who batted an even .500 for the spring, including .607 (17-for-28) with seven doubles over his last 12 games.

"He struck out the other day and we're all going, 'What's wrong with you?'" Melvin said.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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