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J.J. Hardy removed from Monday's game with back soreness
J.J. Hardy removed from Monday's game with back soreness

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was removed from Monday's victory over the Houston Astros in the seventh inning with back soreness that he attributed to sleeping in an uncomfortable hotel bed in Miami. Manager Buck Showalter said he removed Hardy because the veteran infielder did not look good running to first base after hitting a single off Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, but predicted that Hardy would probably be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night. "I think I was just trying to protect it a little bit ... it was tight,'' Hardy said. "I think [it was] from the bed in Miami, so I thiknk I was protecting a little bit and I think Buck saw it and I think...

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