Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

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

J.J. Hardy, Willie Randolph

Baltimore Orioles’ J.J. Hardy is congratulated by third base coach Willie Randolph after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


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.