ARLINGTON -- Jake Fox, playing for his third organization, knows he has to earn his way into being an everyday player. He hopes big hits like Friday night, when he belted a game-winning home run in the 10th inning, can be one of those moments that will help him break through.
Fox, acquired by the Orioles for a Minor League pitcher on June 22, knows it's tough getting an everyday role, but he won't give up on his dream.
"There's nothing you can do to get around that," Fox said. "You just have to try your best to be one of those guys. "I'm still young. I'm not ready to give up on the idea of being an everyday player."
Fox has developed a fan in Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, who had the 27-year old from Beech Grove, Ind., starting at first base Saturday night. Fox, who can also play third base and left field, could find himself catching in Sunday's final game before the All-Star break.
Samuel compared Fox to the Twins' Nick Punto and the Braves' Omar Infante, both versatile players. In fact, Infante just made the National League All-Star team.
"Jake's been tremendous," Samuel said. "We've been losing too many guys [to injuries] and we've been able to throw in left field, first base, we already had him catching out there. We've seen him take ground balls at third base.
"It just gives us so many options as a guy you can bring off the bench. He plays each position with confidence. He's a confident guy right now."