Melvin likes what he sees at plate from Jemile Weeks

It’s getaway day in Baltimore, as the A’s try to cap an impressive road trip with a sweep. …

Jemile Weeks’ three-hit game got a bit lost in the shuffle Saturday night, but the switch hitter delivered in a return to the No. 2 spot. With Coco Crisp out today because of a sore hamstring, Weeks gets a start as the leadoff hitter. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s been impressed with Weeks’ approach lately.

“You see him maybe cutting down on his swing a little bit, hit a few balls on the ground,” Melvin said. “He hit the ball the other way a couple times the last two nights, and I think that’s important for him. Boy, it would be terrific if he got going here. It’d be another facet of our offense that could contribute in different ways. Right now it’s more of the power game we’re playing.”

Let that last sentence digest for a moment. When was the last time an A’s offense was TOO reliant on the home run??? It makes the head spin …

–Injury update: Cliff Pennington took swings off a tee Saturday to test his left elbow. He seems to slowly be moving in the right direction, but figure he’s still at least a week away from returning. Melvin praised the contributions of Eric Sogard and Brandon Hicks at shortstop, but will the A’s add another shortstop before Tuesday’s trade deadline? There’s no doubt they’re still working the phones exploring the options …

Today’s lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Gomes DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Carter 1B, Inge 3B, Norris C, Smith LF, Hicks SS; Blackley LHP.

O’s — Markakis RF, Hardy SS, Jones CF, Wieters C, Ford LF, Reynolds 1B, Davis DH, Betemit 3B, Quintanilla 2B; Chen LHP.

Joe Stiglich