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

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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.