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Orioles to give backup catchers more at-bats

Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:36 pm
Jake Fox Matt Wieters is in the lineup Sunday, but has been riding the pine as of late.

No, the heralded youngster hasn't lost his job. Rather, the Orioles are trying to see what Jake Fox and Craig Tatum bring to the plate as backup catchers.

Fox (pictured) started at catcher for the seventh time on the year Saturday, going 2-for-5. He was the DH Friday with Tatus behind the dish.

"We've got nine or 10 games left, it might come a time in the offseason when we are trying to make calls where we wish we would have done it," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun . "We also like our chances to win with him back there, too. And [with] Matt, obviously."

The O's figure to have the backup catcher slot wide open, with Fox and Tatum the best internal options. Fox plays all over the diamond while the 27-year-old Tatum has posted a .272/.344/.300 line in 122 plate appearances.

The Orioles may have another name in mind for backup catcher, however: Victor Martinez. ESPN's Buster Olney mentioned Friday that the Orioles may make a run at the Red Sox backstop.

-- Evan Brunell

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