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As Schoop's strong week is recognized, he's settling into big run-production spot in Orioles lineup

As Schoop's strong week is recognized, he's settling into big run-production spot in Orioles lineup

Jonathan Schoop learned early in his major league career never to give too much attention to his own statistics — good or bad — dating to some veteran advice he received from Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy during his first taste of the major leagues.

“I’m not big about numbers,” Schoop said. “My first season, J.J. talked to me, [he told me] try to be healthy, and try to do your best during the season and your numbers are going to be there. Don’t chase the number, try to win, and play hard every day and try to stay out there for your teammates and when the season’s over, the numbers are going to be there.”

But after a week that netted Schoop AL Player of the Week honors, he...

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