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Shortstop J.J. Hardy makes Tampa Bay Rays pay in Orioles' 5-4 win Thursday
Shortstop J.J. Hardy makes Tampa Bay Rays pay in Orioles' 5-4 win Thursday

Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards. “He was going to face Davis if...

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