Crazy like a Fox
Give Jake Fox credit. He’ll outwork anybody. Fox was at third base with bench coach Alan Trammell before Thursday’s game. Lou Piniella was asked if he was comfortable putting Fox in a game at third.
“Alan told me not to get too excited just yet,” Piniella said. “He told me he was going to work with him. To Fox’s credit, he told Alan, it might not be pretty but he’ll get the job done. That’s a pretty darn good rebuttal. He’s going to work with him for a few more days and we’ll see.”
Fox did come through with a pinch-hit single in the eighth, and was pressed into duty at third in the ninth. The Cubs are short-handed with injuries to Ryan Freel and Aaron Miles. Koyie Hill, who has subbed at third, was on deck to pinch hit in the ninth, but Piniella changed his mind and decided on Kosuke Fukudome instead. Home plate umpire Mark Wegner signaled that Hill was in, and switching to Fukudome meant the Cubs lost Hill for the game.
– Carrie Muskat