Infield

The O's continue to get big run-production numbers from Chris Davis, Manny Machado and the clearly rejuvenated bat of shortstop J.J. Hardy (pictured), but that was far from enough to save the club from its worst week of the season. The infield defense continues to be sound, but the team finally had to sacrifice some defense at second base because of the offensive struggles of Ryan Flaherty, who was sent down to Norfolk after Saturday's game. Yamaico Navarro may not be as dependable with the glove, but he's now getting a chance to hold a piece of the position. Overall, the offensive numbers were still impressive. O's infielders batted a combined .306 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. 
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<b>Grade</b>: B

( Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports / May 18, 2013 )

The O's continue to get big run-production numbers from Chris Davis, Manny Machado and the clearly rejuvenated bat of shortstop J.J. Hardy (pictured), but that was far from enough to save the club from its worst week of the season. The infield defense continues to be sound, but the team finally had to sacrifice some defense at second base because of the offensive struggles of Ryan Flaherty, who was sent down to Norfolk after Saturday's game. Yamaico Navarro may not be as dependable with the glove, but he's now getting a chance to hold a piece of the position. Overall, the offensive numbers were still impressive. O's infielders batted a combined .306 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.

Grade: B

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