continues to make the most of his opportunity this spring.
Jackson hit a pair of homers in Sunday's 12-3
"He'd be the first to tell you they were good swings in the proper elements," he said.
Still, you can't argue that Jackson, who has played in more than 60 games just once since contracting Valley Fever in 2009, is off to a good start in fighting for a reserve roster spot. He has driven in five runs in six spring games and recorded a .313/.353/.750 line in Grapefruit League play.
"I need to, as cliché as it sounds, focus every day on every at-bat," Jackson said after Sunday's game. "You've got to take it like it's the seventh game of the World Series. That's kind of my mindset."
Talking to Jackson earlier this spring, he said that the difference had been not getting consistent at bats. Valley Fever -- a rare condition found in the Southwest United States that infects your lungs when you breathe in fungal spores and zaps your energy.
"In 2009, there were a lot of times when I didn't think I'd play baseball again," Jackson said. "It hit me that hard. I missed a full year and when you miss a full year in the middle of your career it's difficult to get back on track."
So last year’s full season in the
"I think the last year, the ability to go down in Triple-A and play every day was something that I missed the two years before," Jackson said. "The last two years, I was platooning in Oakland and Arizona and it's tough to get to get your stroke back, especially when I missed [most] of 2009. I think last year helped me out quite a bit to kind of hone down and get those every day at bats. I'm happy with where I'm at right now in the spring and there's a long ways to go."
By the way, the Orioles are off today. They're resume play on Tuesday in Dunedin against the