A study led by Anton Dahbura, a research scientist in the computer sciences department at Hopkins, explored how players hit when games were not on the line, and the results could spark conversation about player value.
Nearly two weeks into his return, J.J. Hardy is still working off the rust and playing through new feelings around his freshly healed foot but doing it playing the most difficult position on the diamond for a surging Orioles club.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy appears close to returning to the Orioles lineup after missing six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, but he's not feeling any pressure to rush back to stabilize the club's recently inconsistent infield defense.
Ryan Flaherty realizes he earns his paychecks with his glove, and the Orioles utility man takes pride in making a difference with his defense. Flaherty does, however, have some pop in his bat, as he displayed Tuesday when he hit a 96-mph, full-count pitch from Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura onto Eutaw Street and off the Warehouse on a bounce in the Orioles' 9-1 win over Kansas City. He made his first homer of the season a memorable one, a 446-foot blast that will eventually get a plaque on Eutaw