Fox homers again for Orioles

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 17, 2011; 5:12 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jake Fox hit a pair of two-run home runs Thursday, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-3.

Fox has eight homers, the most in the majors this spring training. He's homered four times in his past three starts.

Fox is out of minor league options and is fighting to make the Orioles' roster as a backup. He can play first base, catcher, left field and third base, and would be valuable insurance if Derrek Lee, who's out with a sore back, starts the season on the disabled list.

In the third inning, the Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on seven hits, including Fox's two-run homer. All the runs scored after two outs.

Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf worked three innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.

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