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Hardy's re-debut (updated)

Obviously, J.J. Hardy has not been around here for awhile, because he looks like he does this for a living. He came back from the disabled list tonight and hammered a home run in his first at-bat, then went on to add three more hits and a walk to reach base five times in his six plate appearances.

Not that getting into scoring position with one out in both the ninth and 11th innings did the Orioles any good. In the ninth, he was thrown out trying to score from second on a sharp single by Nick Markakis and he was left stranded in the 11th when Markakis struck out, Derrek Lee was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, and Jake Fox grounded weakly into a force play in his second straight two-out RISP at-bat.

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Hardy was batting .200 in 15 at-bats when he was forced out of action with an oblique strain. His 4-for-5 performance so far has raised his average to .350. The four-hit game tied a career high.

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