Hardy on errors and homerless streak

NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has committed seven errors over the last 14 games, giving him eight for the season. It’s uncharacteristic of the two-time Gold Glove winner.

“Obviously, not as good as I’ve been,” he said. “I’ve made a few errors - throwing, fielding. I’ve been working on that, too. My body feels fine. It hasn’t been coming together.

“It’s just maybe ... I have no idea. You know, it hasn’t been great, but I’m grinding through it.”

Hardy carries a .289 average into tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium, but he still hasn’t homered since Sept. 5, 2013.

“It’s different than anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I don’t know. I’ve been grinding. The first month, my back injury and kind of grinding through it, and then 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.

“I wish I knew the answer. I’d start driving the ball more if I knew the answer. I’m just trying to get hits, and hopefully the homers and everything come.”

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