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• After playing seven road games with stops in Seattle and Anaheim, the A's began a three-game homestand Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The A's, though, can't get too comfortable because after facing the Orioles, they'll hit the road for 10 more road games with stops in Detroit, New York and Texas.

A's manager Bob Melvin was asked if he and his players had even unpacked their bags.

"Relatively," Melvin said. "Too quick for dry cleaning stuff, maybe a few washable items. It was funny ... our traveling secretary, Mickey Morabito, said this is a six-city road trip. The two we were just on, here, and then the three we'll go to after this. It is a little bit of a short homestand, but, nonetheless, it's always great to get home and put the white uniforms on."

• Melvin said he has liked what he's seen from second baseman Jemile Weeks since he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. Weeks, who was sent down on Aug. 21, went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base Thursday against the Angels in his first game since being recalled.

Melvin said the "change of scenery" in Sacramento helped Weeks get back on track.

"He's a talented player, and I think he just got a little bit bogged down this year with not getting the same type of results that he got last year. That can be a little bit puzzling at times," Melvin said. "And then you try to tinker with some things and maybe get out of what your strengths are.

"He talked about trying to get better with the deficiencies and sometimes not concentrating on what his strengths were. So, from the minute he got to Triple-A, he swung the bat much better. I think he's trying to keep the ball out of the air a little bit more. His hands are a little higher. He's going to be a terrific player, regardless, down the road. He just had a little bit of a speed bump here."

• Right-hander Andrew Carignan, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, said he is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Oct. 7.

• After playing seven road games with stops in Seattle and Anaheim, the A's began a three-game homestand Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The A's, though, can't get too comfortable because after facing the Orioles, they'll hit the road for 10 more road games with stops in Detroit, New York and Texas.

A's manager Bob Melvin was asked if he and his players had even unpacked their bags.

"Relatively," Melvin said. "Too quick for dry cleaning stuff, maybe a few washable items. It was funny ... our traveling secretary, Mickey Morabito, said this is a six-city road trip. The two we were just on, here, and then the three we'll go to after this. It is a little bit of a short homestand, but, nonetheless, it's always great to get home and put the white uniforms on."

• Melvin said he has liked what he's seen from second baseman Jemile Weeks since he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. Weeks, who was sent down on Aug. 21, went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base Thursday against the Angels in his first game since being recalled.

Melvin said the "change of scenery" in Sacramento helped Weeks get back on track.

"He's a talented player, and I think he just got a little bit bogged down this year with not getting the same type of results that he got last year. That can be a little bit puzzling at times," Melvin said. "And then you try to tinker with some things and maybe get out of what your strengths are.

"He talked about trying to get better with the deficiencies and sometimes not concentrating on what his strengths were. So, from the minute he got to Triple-A, he swung the bat much better. I think he's trying to keep the ball out of the air a little bit more. His hands are a little higher. He's going to be a terrific player, regardless, down the road. He just had a little bit of a speed bump here."

• Right-hander Andrew Carignan, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, said he is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Oct. 7.