As previously mentioned, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy won his first career Gold Glove last season. But he took a step back offensively. After batting .269 with 30 home runs and 80 RBIs in 129 games in his first season with the Orioles in 2011, Hardy declined in all three categories last year -- hitting .238 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs -- despite playing in 158 games. For the Orioles to remain competitive in the American League East, they'll need Hardy to bounce back at the plate in 2013.
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