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J.J. Hardy's back -- and in a big way

How much was J.J. Hardy missed in the past three days?

Well, he returned to the lineup from an ankle injury on Monday and had two doubles and a homer in his first four at-bats. He also made a couple nice plays in the field.

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His seventh inning, three-run homer against Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead, their first of the game.

It was Hardy's 20th homer of the season – the first Orioles' shortstop to reach that milestone since Miguel Tejada in 2006.

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The Orioles now have three players with 20 homers – Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds are the others – the first team to do that this season.

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