Hardy not resting on his laurels (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yes, I went there again.

J.J. Hardy hit his first home run as an Oriole leading off the bottom of the fourth inning. He drove a pitch from Charlie Furbush over the left field fence to reduce Detroit’s lead to 4-1.

The Orioles had one hit off Tigers starter Adam Wilk through three innings, a single by Vladimir Guerrero. And if you’ve never heard of Wilk, you’re not alone.

He’s a former 11th-round pick who’s trying to make the staff as a reliever. He’s regarded as a prospect. And he sure looks like one this spring with nine scoreless innings.

The Tigers brought their bats to Sarasota, but we don’t recognize many of the arms. Former Orioles left-hander John Bale is scheduled to pitch later.

Cue up the sentimental video tribute.

Update: Towson University’s Casper Wells is 3-for-3 with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. He just drove in another run in the fifth off Mike Ballard.

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