Outlook: Parker shows promise after strong '13 finish

PHOENIX -- A's manager Bob Melvin hasn't come close to announcing his Opening Day starter, but the pitching schedule he revealed for this week doesn't make it too hard to figure out.

Nor is it a surprise, if accurate.

With Jarrod Parker scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Friday against the visiting Giants, the right-hander is next in line to pitch March 5, March 10, March 15, March 21 (following a team off-day) and March 26 this spring. Five days from then just so happens to mark Opening Day, with the A's hosting the Indians at the Coliseum in a 7 p.m. PT contest.

The nod would be much deserving, with Parker having compiled a 25-16 record and 3.73 ERA in his first two seasons with the A's. It would be a first for the 25-year-old. For the A's, it would be their ninth consecutive different Opening Day starter, the longest such streak in the Majors.

Oakland christens the Cactus League season Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium, with bullpen contender Jesse Chavez getting the start against the Giants. Lefty Tommy Milone is set to go Thursday at home against the Brewers.

Melvin gets back on board with Twitter

Beane and Melvin like the Athletics' makeup in 2014

PHOENIX -- A's manager Bob Melvin was on Twitter last spring for all of a few days before deciding to delete his account after one too many annoying tweets.

"It aggravated me too much," Melvin said on Sunday, "but I have much more patience this year."

So he's giving the social media site another chance -- "Hey, look, I have to get with the times, too, right?" he said -- though he still plans on only using it to follow his players and a select group of media, along with his daughter, Alexi, and Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

So don't expect to see any 140-character thoughts from the A's manager, who doesn't even plan to publicize his handle.

"I'm not tweeting anything, just following, including you people," he said, smiling.

Melvin might be enticed to change his mind, however, if Arizona manager and good buddy Kirk Gibson influences him enough. Gibson, like Melvin, joined Twitter this spring and has tweeted twice.

"Until he gets out there in the double-digits," Melvin said, "then I'll hold back."

This means Melvin will be subject to seeing reporters recite his own words, and many of his players', whenever he reaches for his phone. But it's surprisingly not the media that gets to Melvin.

"It's more the players that annoy me than anything else," he said. "Some of the stuff, I don't want to see what they're doing."

Even though he intended to remain anonymous on the site, Melvin already had more than 100 Twitter followers just hours after it became known he had joined. With his identity exposed, he's now considering deleting his account once again and rejoining under a new name.