OAKLAND -- The A's keep waiting for Jarrod Parker, circa 2012, to show up.
So far, it hasn't happened.
Three starts into the 2013 season, Parker is 0-2 and owner of one of the more improbably elevated earned-run averages in the American League at 10.80. That's thanks in large part to the eight runs the Tigers scored off him in 3 1/3 innings en route to Detroit's 10-1 Sunday afternoon blowout at the Coliseum.
The word that A's manager Bob Melvin used to describe Parker's season to date, which was preceded by an unwieldy 7.45 spring training ERA, was "puzzling." The word catcher Derek Norris used was "unlucky." The word that Parker used was "early."
"My confidence is fine. It's early," Parker said. "I don't dwell on it. What's done is done. It's time to turn the page. It's early."