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Parker flirts with no-no in win over Rangers

Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker couldn't have been much better in his last start against Texas.

The right-hander flirted with a no-hitter for much of Monday's game, and allowed only one hit and no runs in eight innings of work. Parker dominated one of the best offensive teams in the American League, earning his first win since May 1 in Boston.

Parker will try to make it two wins in a row on Saturday night when he takes the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a three-game Interleague series at Chase Field. The D-backs won on a ninth-inning walk-off home run by Ryan Roberts in the series opener.

And, as if Parker won't be fired up enough about his first start following his best outing of the year, he will face the pitcher for whom he was traded -- Trevor Cahill. Parker and Cahill were the centerpieces of a deal between the two teams during the offseason.

"It's cool how it worked out," Parker said Friday. "This is what everyone wants to see, right?"

Like Parker, Cahill is coming off his best performance of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander pitched a shutout, allowing only six hits on Sunday in San Diego. Cahill, who is 3-5 with a 3.45 ERA this season, struck out five in the game. He had lost three consecutive decisions prior to the victory and he hadn't won since May 1.

"It's pretty much the same," Cahill said of the matchup with Parker. "Just trying to pitch normal and not think about it too much."

Cahill was with Oakland for three seasons, his best year coming in 2010, when he went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA. He was 12-14 for the Athletics last season.

Parker, who is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA in eight starts this season, pitched only one game for the D-backs in 2011, and he got a no-decision.

"I think everyone looks forward to it," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said, "but we probably don't get caught up in it as much as the fans who have maybe rooted for both. But there's definitely some intrigue to it."

D-backs: Upton returns to the lineup
Right fielder Justin Upton returned to the Arizona lineup on Friday night after sitting out for three of the past five games. The rest seemed to have paid off for Upton, as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game. He had been just 4-for-28 with one RBI since May 27.

"He's had a couple days off. Hopefully he's refreshed and ready to go," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Upton is hitting .246 with five home runs and 20 RBIs on the season.

• Arizona reinstated first baseman Lyle Overbay from the Paternity List before Friday night's game. Overbay and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their first daughter into the world on Tuesday.

A's: Cespedes may be available to pinch-hit
Though injured Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes isn't likely to make a return to the starting lineup until next week in Denver, Melvin is hopeful his cleanup batter may be a pinch-hit option this weekend.

Cespedes, who sustained a strained left hamstring in Thursday's win over Texas, took part in limited hitting activities inside on Friday and is expected to join the team on the field for batting practice on Saturday. If all goes well, he could potentially come off the bench in the later innings.

"He looked like he was fairly comfortable walking, so I think we'll know more [Saturday] when we get him on the field and get him swinging a bat," Melvin said.

• Parker started against Arizona in Spring Training, and struggled. This time around, he said he feels more prepared.

"I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did then," Parker said. "It was Spring Training, and this time it counts. I feel like I know myself a little better, and I know the guys around me better. Kurt [Suzuki] and I have developed a good relationship, and I trust everything he says."

Worth noting
• Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games Friday night against the Athletics. He was 2-for-4 with a home run in the game.

• Cahill is 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 12 career starts in Interleague Play, with 62 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.

• Athletics left fielder Seth Smith stayed hot on Friday night, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. He is 9-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBIs in his last four games. Comments