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Hardy, Jones and Wieters win Gold Glove Awards

Hardy, Jones and Wieters win Gold Glove Awards

Heading into this season, the Orioles were known for being strong up the middle defensively. Now, with the team coming off its best season in 15 years, that strength is being acknowledged on a national stage.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters were named American League Gold Glove winners at their positions Tuesday night. It's the first time since 1998 that three Orioles have earned baseball's annual benchmark of fielding excellence in the same season.

The Orioles' three Gold Glove winners — chosen by a vote of managers and coaches — are also the most of any team in the majors this season.

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