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Infielders: B

The Orioles had to do without a banged-up J.J. Hardy, pictured, and Steve Pearce for a few games, but this is the time of year when depth is not a big issue because of the recent deal for utility player Kelly Johnson and the expanded roster. Buck Showalter used the opportunity to take a look at Jimmy Paredes at third base and used Johnson there in three games at a time when he probably has the luxury of doing that under better circumstances because of his club's comfortable division lead. The only full-time infielders last week were Chris Davis, who continues to produce runs and has begun to lift his average, and Jonathan Schoop, who homered in three consecutive games against the Cincinnati Reds. The seven players who showed up on the infield over the week batted a combined .229, which isn't too impressive, but Davis and Schoop delivered five homers and the group drove in 13 runs. There were a couple defensive hiccups, but it was still a solid week all around. Grade: B
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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