In the Orioles' 17-inning 9-6 win over the
"Maybe today was the first day I felt OK," Hardy said. "If I'd been hitting the ball hard before, I didn't feel good, but today was one of the first days I actually felt good."
Hardy hit solo homers off Boston starter
Hardy also doubled in the decisive 17th inning before
He also had his hand in the biggest defensive play of the game in the bottom of the 16th, when he made a pinpoint relay throw on
"What a game J.J. had," Orioles manager
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold will go on a minor league rehab before rejoining the team from the disabled list, Showalter said Sunday.
Reimold, who has a herniated disk in his neck, hasn't played since Monday, and Showalter said he'd like Reimold to get some at-bats before returning.
"I expect him to without a doubt," Showalter said. "I'm hoping that somewhere near the end of the DL period, which would be the 14th, something around there, he gets some at-bats. It's been a while."
The 28-year-old outfielder is off to the best start of his career, putting up a .313/.333/.627 line with five homers and 10 RBIs.
Reimold twice returned from neck issues before he was sent back to Baltimore earlier this week to see team doctors after he complained of tingling in his fingers, which has diminished but hasn't gone away yet.
Reimold is eligible to come off the DL on May 16. Showalter said he'd have to check out the schedules for the team's minor league affiliates for that time. Double-A Bowie plays at home May 15-17, Class-A Frederick is home May 11-13, Class-A Delmarva is home May 10-16, while Triple-A Norfolk hosts games May 15-22.
Rookie utility man Ryan Flaherty, a Maine native who grew up just 1 1/2-drive from
Flaherty, who grew up a Red Sox fan, spent the pregame practicing taking fly balls of the famed
"You grow up in the area watching the games in this ballpark and all of a sudden you go out there and the anthem's playing," Showalter said. "At some point, I'm sure he'll sit out there in left field and go, 'Really, you kidding me?' But guys like him, they get over that quickly and get on with the competition. I'm living through his eyes. I'll take it in. I'll glance over there a couple times today. That's pretty cool."
Flaherty went 1-for-5 in the game and made a leaping catch of
Around the horn
Jones, who was 3-for-8 Sunday, has hit safely in 24 of 28 games this season. His first-inning double extended his hitting streak to 14 games. … In his past five games at Fenway Park,