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Hot-hitting Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy batting third against Yankees

The Baltimore Sun

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has spent the entire season hitting in the sixth and seventh spots in the lineup, is batting third tonight against the Yankees.

Hardy had his 13-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, but he’s still hitting .333 (18-for-54) with two doubles, five homers, eight runs and 10 RBIs over his past 14 games.

He is also 9-for-28 (.321) with one homer and five RBIs in his career against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia.

Second baseman Alexi Casilla, who is 14-for-24 (.583) for his career against Sabathia, is also in the starting lineup tonight.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have stacked a lineup with seven left-handed hitters against Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Left-hander hitters are 10-for-30 with a .333/.394/.600 batting line against Garcia this season in his three Orioles starts.

Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner has hit Garcia very well. He is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with four homers and seven RBIs against Garcia.

Here are the lineups:

Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
JJ Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce LF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Freddy Garcia RHP

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson LF
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C
CC Sabathia LHP

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