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O's still talking to A's about Fox; Can he execute a rundown?

The Orioles continue to have dialogue with the Oakland Athletics about a potential trade for utility man Jake Fox, according to sources. The A's designated Fox on June 14 and have 10 days to either trade him, try to push him through waivers and assign him to the minor leagues or give him his outright release.

It's unlikely that he'd clear waivers especially with the league-worst Orioles maintaining some interest, which could prompt Oakland to make a deal for the right-handed hitter.

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Fox, 27, hit .214 with two homers and 12 RBIs for Oakland after batting .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs last year. He can catch and play both corner infield and outfield positions.

If he is acquired, the Orioles could designate seldom-used first baseman Garrett Atkins for assignment.

In a total unrelated point, that failed rundown play in the bottom of the first inning tonight that resulted in three San Diego Padres' runs scoring was easily one of the most embarrassing plays in a season full of them for the Orioles. The Padres' Scott Hairston was caught up in between second and third base on Yorvit Torrealba's single.

However, he was able to get back to the base when both Miguel Tejada's throw and Ty Wigginton's tag were too late. But the problem started when shortstop Cesar Izturis didn't run Hairston toward third base after receiving catcher Matt Wieters' throw. He would have had his choice of Padres to tag if he had. Simply awful. I could have sworn that rundown plays were taught in Little League.

Millwood then walked a run in and then allowed a two-run single to former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr. The Orioles have since tied it at three on an RBI double by Nick Markakis and an RBI single by Luke Scott.

Markakis gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first with a sacrifice fly.

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