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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
The Orioles raised some eyebrows when reliever Pedro Strop was seen taking grounders at shortstop and making throwing to first before Wednesday's game. Strop, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop and was converted into a pitcher as a minor leaguer in the Colorado Rockies system. But the Orioles have no plans to return Strop to his original position. The drill, which Strop said was the idea of pitching coach Rick Adair, was performed in order for Strop to repeat his natural throwing motion.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
It may be the oddest timing for a contract extension announcement in recent memory - on the eve of the first American League Championship Series game at Camden Yards in 17 years and just weeks away from free agency. But the Orioles took care of a major chunk of offseason business Thursday by agreeing to a three-year deal worth $40 million with shortstop J.J. Hardy. He's locked up through 2017 with a team option for 2018. “Is there ever a bad time to announce J.J. continuing as an Oriole?
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
Hereford shortstop Jay Patti has been named the Baltimore County Player of the Year by the county's baseball coaches. "He's a hard worker and probably the most humble, skilled player we've ever had," Hereford coach Todd Hartshorn said. "He respects the game, the players on the field and he's easy to coach. If my daughter was 18, she'd be dating him. " Patti, a junior, batted .574 with 8 doubles, 3 triples 2 home runs and 22 RBIs. He also had 8 stolen bases, a .907 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .625.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The hit that broke open the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night revealed an almost unbelievable baseball postseason statistic. Brandon Crawford's fourth-inning grand slam for the San Francisco Giants was the first four-run homer hit by a shorstop in the postseason. Ever. Crawford -- the 24-year-old infielder who has hit 26 home runs in 511 regular season games -- has more postseason grand slams than one guy who most Orioles fans love (Cal Ripken Jr.) and another they begrudgingly grew to respect over a frustrating 20 years (Derek Jeter)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received some scary news when the team's charter flight touched down in Chicago Sunday evening. That's when Hardy got word that a storm system that terrorized many parts of the midwestern U.S. and spawned numerous tornadoes leveled the condominium of his grandmother, Carol Shinn, in the town of Creston, Iowa on Saturday evening.  Shin was uninjured, but her home was destroyed. “I wasn't really following the weather so I didn't even know about the tornadoes going on,” Hardy said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | July 20, 2008
The Orioles continue to make adjustments to their shortstop position, acquiring Juan Castro from the Colorado Rockies' organization yesterday for Triple-A infielder Mike McCoy and placing him on the 25-man roster. And they might not be finished. Castro, 36, would be the sixth player to start at shortstop for the Orioles this season. One of the others, Freddie Bynum, was sent outright to Norfolk and has 72 hours to accept his assignment or become a free agent. The trade was part of a busy day of roster shuffling for the Orioles, who also returned pitcher Randor Bierd from his injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors and activated him from the disabled list.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
The Orioles know very well the level of prep baseball talent that comes out of South Florida. Two years ago, the team tabbed shortstop Manny Machado out of Brito Miami Private with the third overall pick. And on Tuesday, the Orioles used their third-round pick (99th overall) on another talented Miami shortstop, Adrian Marin of Miami Gulliver Prep. Marin, who has signed to play at the University of Miami, projects to be a top-of-the-lineup bat given his well above-average speed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
X-rays taken on shortstop J.J. Hardy's left side following the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon were negative. Hardy, who was drilled in the side by a 91-mph fastball from James Shields in a five-run fifth inning, said he had a sizable bruise. He entered the Orioles' clubhouse with his torso wrapped in ice. "They're fine," he said. "They hurt but they're fine. They hurt a lot. " Hardy has started in 96 of the Orioles' 99 games this season and is playing through a sore throwing shoulder.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
High-A Frederick shortstop Adrian Marin was named Monday as the Carolina League Player of the Week for last week, the team announced. Marin, 20, hit .429 with a home run, seven doubles and 11 RBIs in six games during the week. He had at least one RBI in five of the six games, including a career-high four RBIs in the Keys' 8-1 win over Wilmington at Harry Grove Stadium on May 30. It is the first Player of the Week honor for the Orioles' 2012 third-round pick. His weeklong total of 11 RBIs led all High-A batters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly | August 13, 2014
An MRI performed on Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy's sprained left thumb was clean, and he said he hopes that he can return to the team's starting lineup during this weekend's series in Cleveland. “Came in yesterday and [saw] a big improvement,” Hardy said. “Came in today, had a bigger improvement and real positive about the way it feels.” Hardy has been out since Sunday after injuring the thumb in Saturday's game when he slid into home plate and his hand hit off St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Over the past two decades, there probably has been no player who has caused the Orioles more heartbreak than Derek Jeter. And in his final game at Yankee Stadium, he found a way to beat them one last time. This wasn't the infamous "Jeffrey Maier home run" in the 1996 American League Championship Series or those 14 straight losing seasons in which Jeter and the New York Yankees used the Orioles as a division punching bag. Times have changed. When the teams took the field for Jeter's final game wearing pinstripes at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, it was the newly-crowned AL East champion Orioles -- not the Yankees -- who were playing with something at stake.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
NEW YORK - When the Yankee Stadium crowd began chanting New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's name after his final at-bat Wednesday after a routine groundout - trying to coax the future Hall of Famer out of the dugout - Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew it wasn't happening. It wasn't the right time. “He had a tough at-bat, a ground ball back to the pitcher,” Showalter said, “I told a couple of our guys, 'He ain't coming out of the dugout. Just watch.' That's all you need to know about Derek because it didn't fit in the context of what was [happening]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the starting lineup for the opening game of Friday's split doubleheader, after nagging lower-back spasms had forced him to miss the previous five games. Hardy hadn't played since Friday's game in Tampa Bay, when pain in his lower back flared up and worsened throughout the game. He missed the final two games against the Rays and also sat out this week's three-game sweep in Boston when he was sent back to Baltimore to see team orthopedist Dr. Mike Jacobs.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Orioles believe they received good news Tuesday as an MRI on shortstop J.J. Hardy's lower back showed no changes. The club believes he could return to the starting lineup as early as Friday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hardy met with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Tuesday afternoon and received a cortisone shot in the sacroiliac joint in his lower back. It's similar to what Hardy underwent in April, which alleviated a much more intense pain in his back at that time.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
BOSTON -- Stressing that it was more precautionary than alarming, the Orioles sent starting shortstop J.J. Hardy back to Baltimore on Monday night to see a team doctor about his balky back. Hardy missed the Orioles' final two games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field over the weekend, and he will not return for the remainder of the road trip - marking at least a five-game absence. Even if he could play Wednesday in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Orioles didn't like the idea of him having to take another round airplane trip so quickly.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Monday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins with lower-back spasms, but he hopes to be back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Camden Yards. Hardy left the game before the top of the eighth inning, and Ryan Flaherty replaced him. Even though Hardy missed five games in April with lower back spasms, he said this flareup isn't nearly as bad. “It didn't lock up or anything, it just tried to spasm,” Hardy said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Here's another tale of toughness from inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter said he had two different lineup cards filled out just more than 30 minutes before the first pitch of the Orioles' 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday - one with shortstop J.J. Hardy in it and another without. For the past two days, Hardy has been dealing with a painful hangnail on his right middle finger, and on Wednesday Hardy said it became so difficult to throw that he was gripping the ball with just three fingers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who hit 25 home runs last year, doesn't have any this year and his 15 RBIs are well off pace from his 76 in 2013. Hardy's .289 batting average is above his career mark of .256 entering this year, but his 69 hits have been exclusively doubles or singles through his first 239 at-bats. He said initially his power stroke might have been diminished while he worked through back spasms early this season, but that doesn't explain why he had one RBI in June heading into Friday night's game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly | August 13, 2014
An MRI performed on Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy's sprained left thumb was clean, and he said he hopes that he can return to the team's starting lineup during this weekend's series in Cleveland. “Came in yesterday and [saw] a big improvement,” Hardy said. “Came in today, had a bigger improvement and real positive about the way it feels.” Hardy has been out since Sunday after injuring the thumb in Saturday's game when he slid into home plate and his hand hit off St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
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