Jake Fox Making All-Out Bid to Stick with Orioles Heading North


Mar 6, 2011

Our weekly look at one item tying together the Red Sox' AL East rivals takes a trip to Sarasota, where the Orioles are extremely optimistic about their chances to end a 13-year run without a winning record. Here is one player whose early results could mean something down the road.

The Red Sox carried a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning at Sarasota on Saturday. With one out, Jake Fox, a super utility type hoping to stick with the major league roster, hammered an offering from Boston righty Matt Fox (no known relation) to tie it.

The game ended in a 4-4 tie, which means nothing to the teams, but the blast could mean plenty to Fox. He is 6-for-12 with three home runs in just five games with Baltimore this spring.

Fox has played outfield, first base, third base and designated hitter in a career that has seen him play 166 games in the majors for three organizations. However, he is looking to catch on with the O's as a backup catcher.

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