by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had another solid offensive game on Friday during a 12-10 loss to the Rays.
Hardy went 2 for 3 with his eighth home run of the season. He went deep in the second inning off Jeremy Hellickson for a solo shot. Hardy added a walk, scored twice and is batting .236 on the year.
Hardy, who was hitting .188 on May 2, is on a 12-game hitting streak in which he's gone 16 for 45 (.356) with five homers and nine RBI.
J.J. Hardy streaking into Padres series
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy enters Tuesday's series opener at home against the Padres having hit in nine straight games, MASNSports.com reports.
Hardy has gone 12 for 35 (.343) over that stretch with three home runs, seven RBI and five runs.
J.J. Hardy battling light tennis elbow
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had to undergo an injection in his throwing arm while in Anaheim, the Baltimore Sun reports. Angels team doctor Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the injection.
Hardy is dealing with some light tennis elbow for a while now. It is not considered a big deal and he remained in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals.
In fact, Hardy's bat has begun to come alive over his last three games. He's 5 for 12 (.417) over that span with two homers and three RBI. Hardy has five home runs and 18 RBI on the year over 124 at-bats.
J.J. Hardy hits fourth home run
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his first home run since April 20 on Saturday against the Angels. He took starter Tommy Hanson deep for a solo shot in his first at-bat for his fourth long ball.
The 30-year-old added a single to finish 2 for 5 in a 5-4 win.
Hardy is batting .234 (11 for 47) in his last 11 games with four RBI and four runs scored.
J.J. Hardy starting to collect multi-hit games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy collected two hits Tuesday against Seattle, finishing April with just two multi-hit games. Both of them have come in the last five games.
Hardy is hitting better heading into May. After batting .178 through 20 games, Hardy is batting .258 (8 for 31) with three RBI in his last seven games. He's raised his average to .202 heading into May.
J.J. Hardy approaching .200 mark
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had at least one hit for the fourth-straight game Saturday against the A's. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI in the 7-3 win.
The 30-year-old singled home Chris Davis in the fourth inning for his 14th RBI. Hardy has seen his average rise from .178 to .198 during his four-game hitting streak.
J.J. Hardy tacks on three RBI
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy only had one hit but had a nice game in the first game of a doubleheader with the Dodgers Saturday.
Hardy hit his third home run of the season in the second inning, a two-run shot. He added a sacrifice fly RBI to drive in three. He went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored. Hardy is batting .203.
Despite his low batting average, Hardy has 10 RBI after 17 games, though he's also struck out 12 times as teams consistently pitch him away.
J.J. Hardy admits shoulder is getting better
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Although Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy admits the muscle imbalance in his shoulder he's dealt with for years hasn't gone away, he said a new stretching regimen has him feeling more comfortable with the injury in 2013, according to The Baltimore Sun.
"I've gotten better," Hardy said. "Now that we know what caused it all, we've been able to work at it. It's gotten better slowly. It's definitely not all better, but it's better than it was at any point last year, so I'm pretty happy with that."
Hardy won his first Gold Glove in 2012 despite discomfort when he threw the ball. But perhaps the most notable slump in production was at the plate, which Hardy refuses to put the entire blame on his injury.
"That was my longest stretch of really struggling that I think I've ever had in my career," Hardy said. "It wasn't fun by any means. Was it my lowest point offensively? Yeah, probably."
Hardy is batting .214 (6 for 28) through seven games this season, but he is slugging .536 with two homers, three doubles and five RBI.
J.J. Hardy showing early power
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy connected for his third double of the season Monday at Boston. Hardy managed his only hit in four at-bats off Boston closer Joel Hanrahan in the ninth inning.
Hardy, who struck out twice Monday, has hit safely in five straight games and six of seven. Hardy, who doesn't have a multi-hit game, is batting .214 (6 for 30) with two homers and five RBI.
J.J. Hardy homers in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his first home run of the season in the team's 6-3 win over the Rays Thursday. The two-run shot was the only hit of the game in four at-bats for Hardy, who's now 2 for 13 to open the season.
Hardy hit just .200/.268/.460 this spring and will look to shake off his slow start this weekend against the Twins, against whom he has a .284/.336/.471 line and five home runs in 102 career at-bats.
Lumber warming for J.J. Hardy
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has struggled with the bat for much of spring, had a nice offensive performance on Monday in a Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
Hardy, batting sixth for the Orioles, hit his third home run of the spring as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. He scored twice and is now batting .179 on the spring. That said, Hardy has gone 6-for-18 (.333) with three homers, three doubles and eight RBI over his last five contests.
J.J. Hardy finally takes one deep
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy homered for the first time all spring on Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against the Twins.
Hardy, who now has just two hits on the spring and was batting .087 after the homer, took starter Vance Worley deep in the fourth inning for a solo shot.
He's been struggling this spring, but Hardy homered 22 times last year and hit 30 homers the year prior. He did hit just .238 last season, however, and the Orioles would like to see him raise that average.
O's to move Hardy in lineup?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/20/2013) Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter puts it bluntly. He wants to move J.J. Hardy out of the second spot in the lineup. The Orioles shortstop is coming off his best year defensively -- and a year he'd like to forget offensively. In 2012, Hardy batted .238 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI. I look at it as one of the worst offensive seasons Ive had, Hardy said. He doesn't draw many walks, and Showalter feels he'd be more effective lower in the batting order. Hardy's position in the batting order may depend on Brian Roberts' health. If the second baseman can regain his form, Roberts could bat leadoff and Nick Markakis second. If Roberts can't play, the Orioles may have to bat Hardy second -- unless Showalter decides second-year third baseman Manny Machado is comfortable enough batting second.