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.