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Parker’s starts
April 25
vs. Chicago White Sox: 6 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, 99 pitches, no decision May 1
at Boston: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB, 98 pitches, W May 8
vs. Toronto: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 SO, 5 BB, 105 pitches, ND May 13
vs. Detroit: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 SO, 4 BB, 112 pitches, L May 18
at San Francisco: 2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 SO, 4 BB, 58 pitches, L May 23
vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 SO, 1 BB, 95 pitches, ND May 29
at Minnesota: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 SO, 4 BB, 105 pitches, ND June 4
vs. Texas: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 SO, 3 BB, 111 pitches, W June 9
at Arizona: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 SO, 5 BB, 102 pitches, L June 14
at Colorado: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB, 89 pitches, W June 22
vs. San Francisco: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB, 97 pitches, ND June 27
at Seattle: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 9 SO, 4 BB, 104 pitches, W July 2
vs. Boston: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB, 103 pitches, W July 7
vs. Seattle: 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 SO, 2 BB, 94 pitches, L Season statistics
5-4 record, 2.86 ERA, 14 starts, 85 IP, 65 H, 27 ER, 67 SO, 41 BB
Associated Press
Oakland rookie Jarrod Parker has a 2.86 ERA in his first big-league season. He also gave up one run or fewer in 10 of his first 14 career starts

Parker’s poise has impressed

A’s rookie, Norwell grad having stellar debut season

– The Texas Rangers have one of the top lineups in baseball.

Five position players made the All-Star team. Three are in the starting lineup for today’s game.

But on June 4, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker shut Texas down.

The Norwell graduate took a no-hitter against the Rangers into the eighth inning. Michael Young ended the bid with a single to start the eighth inning.

“Against a team like the Rangers,” Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki told The Associated Press after the 12-1 victory, “to do that was impressive.”

Parker has continued to impress. The right-hander has a 5-4 record at the All-Star break.

He ranks seventh in the American League in ERA (2.86), is 15th in WHIP (1.25) and tied for 36th in strikeouts (67).

Parker has received praise from national reporters.

“Parker has so much poise,” ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote on his blog on ESPN.com on June 9, “it’s easy to forget that he’s 23 years old.”

Parker’s start made baseball history. He became the first pitcher since Ferdie Schupp to give up one run or less in 10 of his first 14 career starts.

Schupp did it from 1913 to 1917.

“It’s just cool,” Parker told The Associated Press after matching the mark in a 6-1 win against Boston on July 2. “Obviously it’s something I never really thought of and didn’t think it was possible at all. It’s fun to look at, and I’m obviously honored to be compared to those guys. It’s awesome.

“I do what I can and will try to do less than one run every time.”

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