04/28/12 7:42 PM ET
Melvin remembers Orioles honoree Robinson
By Todd Karpovich / Special to MLB.com
Robinson simply glanced at Melvin before asking, "Hey, did you want to talk to me?"
Melvin gathered his courage and told Robinson he should be in the lineup.
Robinson pulled out a new lineup card and said, "You are in the lineup."
That's just one of many memories Melvin has of Robinson, who was honored by the Orioles in a pregame ceremony that included the unveiling of a life-size statue of the Hall of Famer. Melvin moved up his pregame meeting with the media by 20 minutes and was prepared to miss batting practice so he could attend the ceremony.
"He means a lot to me," Melvin said. "He made me grow up as a player in this game. He challenged me, and at times he had me challenge him, which was a tough thing to do for someone who has so much respect for him and the history of the game."
Also attending the ceremony were fellow Orioles Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver, in addition to Hank Aaron.
Melvin said that Robinson's hard-nosed style was not for everyone, but it made players better if they took his advice.
"He was pretty hard," he said. "A lot of guys had a difficult time with him, because he forced you to be a gamer. He has just a great baseball acumen."
Saturday also marked the anniversary of Robinson's first career home run -- a two-run shot off Chicago's Paul Minner in 1956.
Feeling better, Hughes back in lineup
BALTIMORE -- Third baseman Luke Hughes was back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles after experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms over the past few days.
Hughes had been scheduled to start on Friday but pulled out of the lineup just prior to batting practice because he did not feel well enough to play. Manager Bob Melvin replaced Hughes with Eric Sogard, who responded by hitting a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the A's a two-run lead en route to a 5-2 victory.
Hughes went back to the hotel on Friday night and got a good night sleep, and he felt much better prior to Saturday's game.
The A's claimed Hughes off waivers from the Twins last Sunday. He started at third base on Monday and Tuesday, going 0-for-6 before falling ill.
"It knocked me down for a few days, but I'm feeling better," Hughes said. "I'm still getting over it, but I'm definitely feeling better today. I had a fever of about 102 or something. I had a good sleep last night and kind of broke a sweat, which I think was a good thing."
Melvin said that he should have been a bit more cautious with Hughes prior to Friday's game, but he was confident the third baseman was ready for the second game of the three-game series.
"Hopefully, this is the end of it," Hughes said. "Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll feel even better."
Reddick continues to dominate Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Left fielder Josh Reddick continued his domination of the Orioles on Friday night, with a homer and an RBI single, leading the A's to a 5-2 victory.
Reddick is now batting .359 with five doubles, two triples, six home runs and 13 RBIs in 24 career games against Baltimore. At Camden Yards his stats are even better, as he is batting .441 with four home runs and seven RBIs in 12 games there.
Reddick made his Major League debut at Camden Yards, so the park was already a special place for him.
"In the past I've always done well here at Camden Yards, and that's one way to get confidence coming into a road trip," Reddick said. "Hopefully, I can continue that for the next day or two and help us get a better streak going."
The A's have been struggling offensively of late and have scored 64 runs this season -- the fewest in franchise history over the first 21 games. Reddick is hopeful that the team will break out of its slump during this nine-game road trip, and things started on a positive note on Friday night.
"You tend to build off the guy ahead of you, and the guy behind you tends to build off you," Reddick said. "Lucky for us, the long ball was a big factor for us last night. It's a good hitter's park for anybody. The ball carries well here over the summer. It seemed to be carrying well last night."
Manager Bob Melvin said that it is not uncommon for a player such as Reddick to turn some early success against a team into long-term confidence.
"There will be teams you play well against, and a lot of it has to do with how you start out your career," Melvin said. "A lot of times, you follow that along. [The Orioles] are one club he hit well against last year."
Melvin has no problem with ump's tackle of fan
BALTIMORE -- During the seventh-inning stretch of Friday's game, a bare-chested man jumped onto the field behind home plate and attempted to run around the bases.
Before Baltimore City police could apprehend the trespasser, plate umpire Jeff Kellogg tackled him from behind and held him down, much to the delight of the crowd.
Manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Kellogg's tackling technique and has no problem with the umpire being proactive.
"I thought it was terrific," Melvin said. "I actually went out and gave him some kudos later. I think he just reacted."
Christopher Fatkin, 20, of Parkville, Md., was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.