BALTIMORE -- Eric Sogard was back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, providing a break for regular second baseman Jemile Weeks. This is good news for both Sogard and about 15 of his family members, who live in the Baltimore area and have been vocal supporters for the A's all weekend.
The Sogard clan has seats just behind home plate and has been vociferous when the A's score a run or make a solid play defensively. Sogard has appreciated the support, and repaid his family with his second homer of the season on Friday in the A's 5-2 victory. Manager Bob Melvin said Sogard has been an important addition to the roster because of his versatility, and because he adds some extra pop in the lineup.
"He's our utility guy, and he can play second, third or short," Melvin said. "He seems to be a sparkplug on days he's in there. He had a nice little home run for us the other night. Whatever we have going on, we feel he'll be able to handle it."
Luke Hughes was scheduled to start at third base for the A's in Friday's series opener against Baltimore, but was he pulled out of the lineup just before batting practice because of a fever and flu-like symptoms. Sogard was ready on short notice, and he responded with the homer, and was solid defensively.
"I had to change my routine a little bit when I got the news," said Sogard, who is hitting .167 in 12 games this season, with the two homers and six RBIs. "I was in the weight room, but luckily not that long before I heard I was in the lineup. I went out and did the usual pregame work."
Hughes, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins a week ago, was back at third base on Saturday and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Hughes said he got some rest and plenty of fluids when he returned to the team hotel Friday and was was ready to play. He is hitting .150 on the season and started at third again on Sunday.
"It knocked me down for a few days, but I'm feeling better," Hughes said.