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J.J. Hardy puts Orioles on the board with 30th homer

Sep 28, 2011, 8:13 PM EST

J.J. Hardy, Willie Randolph AP

The Orioles have taken a 2-1 lead on the Red Sox on a two-run homer from J.J. Hardy in the third inning.  It was Hardy’s 30th homer of the season.

Hardy is just the 16th different full-time shortstop in major league history to have a 30-homer season.  It had been done 30 times, including seven by Alex Rodriguez and four times by Ernie Banks and Miguel Tejada.  Troy Tulowitzki also hit 30 homers as a shortstop this year.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    I LOVE that Alfredo Simon is the SP in this game. Hell of a job with Scutaro, hell of a job!

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    That loud groaning sound?

    That’s every Twins fan pondering how different life would be if JJ were still in Minnesota.

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