Hardy named AL Player of the Week

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 14th.

In seven games last week, Hardy batted .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and a league leading 10 RBI en route to winning his first career A.L. Player of the Week Award.

The 28-year-old is the first Baltimore shortstop to garner the weekly honor since Miguel Tejada in 2006, and he joins teammate Nick Markakis (period ending July 18th) as the second Oriole to take home the award in the last month.

In addition to leading the A.L. in RBI, the Arizona native also paced the league with 24 total bases and finished second in the Majors in home runs. In the first of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox on August 8th, Hardy doubled twice, homered and drove in a season-high-tying four RBI in a losing effort as the White Sox edged the
Orioles, 7-6, in Baltimore.

Hardy has 23 home runs on the year to lead all A.L. shortstops and tie for the overall lead at the position with Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki. Hardy’s 10 home runs since the All-Star break also lead the A.L.

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