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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy adjusting to life in a reserve role

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy adjusting to life in a reserve role

An annual ritual during a late-season trip to New York is the flurry of equipment representatives that flock into the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium taking orders for the upcoming season.

Before the Orioles’ series opener against the New York Yankees on Thursday night, Tim Beckham – anointed the team’s shortstop of the present and presumptively the future – and J.J. Hardy, a cornerstone of the club’s resurgence over the past six years, sat at adjacent lockers making their fielding glove orders from a Rawlings rep.

One week after returning from a lengthy disabled list stint on Sept. 8, he went into Friday having yet to see the field. Manager Buck Showalter said that...

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