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Hardy trying to regain his power stroke

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NEW YORK -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy entered Friday's game batting .289, which is good news. The bad news? Hardy, who has hit 22 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons, has yet to go deep in 2014.

"It's different than anything I've ever done," Hardy said of describing his offensive season thus far. "The first month, my back injury and kind of grinding through it, and then I just kind of found a base hit swing. And gradually my body's gotten better and I still have that swing instead of the power, so obviously I'd like to drive the ball more and be more productive. Right now, I'm just trying to do everything I can offensively."

Is there a certain adjustment that can be made to get to that power swing?

"I wish I knew the answer. I'd start driving the ball more if I knew the answer," said Hardy, who was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2013. "I'm just trying to get hits, and hopefully the homers and everything come."

The two-time Gold Glove Award winner is also hopeful his defense will revert back to his old ways, as Hardy had eight errors on the season entering Friday. He had 12 total all of last season.

"I've made a few errors -- throwing, fielding. I've been working on that, too," Hardy said. "My body feels fine. It hasn't been coming together."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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