Just like there's a difference between Northern California and Southern California, Georgia is something of a split state. Or so it seems.
A's right fielder Josh Reddick, who grew up in Guyton, Ga., was giving Brandon Moss, who grew up in Loganville, Ga., grief in the clubhouse before the A's first game in Turner Field Friday about how much of a Georgian he was.
Loganville is in the Atlanta suburbs, and to hear Reddick tell it, there are residents of Georgia and residents of Atlanta.
Moss conceded the point.
``Josh is one of those guys who can never imagine living anywhere other than Georgia,'' Moss said. ``Not me. I don't like the humidity and I don't like the bugs.
``I love Georgia, I really do, but I've never lived a summer here the last 14 years. And I'm not sure I could now.''
The A's have another link to the Atlanta area, a place there haven't visited since 2009. Eric O'Flaherty pitched for the Braves from 2009-13 before signing with Oakland as a free agent this winter.
But Reddick and Moss grew up huge Braves fans. Reddick, whose defensive prowess gets him on ESPN highlight shows with regularity, said he first got the spotlight on a senior trip out of high school.
``We were in the front row in left field, and Andy Marte (a Braves' third baseman) hit one I thought I was going to catch,'' Reddick said. ``They were playing the Brewers. I stuck my glove out and just as the ball is coming down, I sensed another glove between me and the ball. Carlos Lee caught the ball.
``That was the top web gem that night. I went home and could tell everybody, `hey, that's me on ESPN' while Lee's catch was shown over and over again.''
``He told me `you're the shortstop,' '' Parrino said.
That doesn't mean that the platoon-heavy A's will go with Parrino seven days a week with Jed Lowrie on the disabled list. But it seems the switch-hitter, who has been up on two previous trips with Oakland this year, will be in the lineup much of the time.
Melvin said the reports on Parrino were that he was playing well of late for the River Cats, where he was hitting .274 with seven homers and 57 RBIs. Parrino is averaging .250 in 12 at-bats for the A's,
``This is a pretty easy place to fit in,'' Parrino said. ``Besides, I think half the lineup has been in Sacramento this year.''
The plan for now is to give Parrino a chance to show what he can do.
Oakland still has a couple of weeks before the next trade deadline comes up, and by that time it's possible that both Nick Punto (hamstring) and/or Lowrie could be back, or close to it. Punto is scheduled to do some light jogging this weekend.
Lowrie originally was going to be sent back to Oakland from Kansas City. But plans changed, and he made the trip to Atlanta with the A's only on the road until Sunday night.
He will take ground balls during workouts, but he won't swing or throw until his fractured right index finger is feeling better.
``I'm optimistic that I'll only need the 15 days (on the disabled list) for it to heal,'' Lowrie said. ``You know me. I'm always optimistic.''
He's scheduled to take some batting practice with the River Cats in Sacramento Saturday.