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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)

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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.