Jemile Weeks rests, the trade rumors begin, and the A’s try to take series against Orioles

The A’s and Orioles will wrap their three-game series under blue skies at Camden Yards this afternoon. Oakland can take the series with a victory, and that would be a good way to head into Fenway Park to play three against the Red Sox. Boston happens to be rolling right now after a poor start.

As expected, Jemile Weeks is getting his first day off. It comes at a good time, with Weeks hitting just .187 with a .253 on-base percentage. A’s manager Bob Melvin said Weeks is working to hit the ball on the ground more, and obviously that’s a key for the speedy switch hitter to get on base and get the offense rolling. “It’s been a little bit of a prolonged struggle for him,” Melvin said. “But we’re confident he’ll work his way out of it.”

The lineups:
A’s – Crisp DH, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Ka’aihue 1B, Smith LF, Suzuki C, Sogard 2B, Hughes 3B; Colon RHP.

Orioles – Reimold LF, Hardy SS, Markakis RF, Jones CF, Wieters C, Davis DH, Betemit 3B, Reynolds 1B, Andino 2B; Hunter RHP.

According to A’s P.R. man Bob Rose, it’s the first time the A’s will lead off with a DH since Crisp did it Aug. 16, 2010.

–Nobody said the trade rumors have to wait until July to start circulating … Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Angels have inquired about A’s closer Grant Balfour. A scout told me on the A’s last homestand that he thinks Balfour might command lots of attention from teams as the season unfolds, more so as a setup-type guy than a closer. So expect to read lots about the right-hander as the July trade deadline gets closer.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    No stampede to get Balfour today..not after that horrid ninth..

  • Marc

    Stan, enlighten us on the breaking Bay Area sports stories you are working on. You have such a great track record with your insights. Thanks

  • Stan

    Well,how about some good news? other then Coco and the third base guy, I think the A’s are getting away from the DL HOF team as they have been in the past.
    Not much I give you,but better then nothing.