Orioles' Hardy earns AL weekly honors

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been named the American League player of the week for the period ending August 14.

Hardy batted .323 with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and a league-leading 10 runs batted in, in seven games last week.

The 28-year-old is the first Baltimore shortstop to earn the weekly award since Miguel Tejada in 2006 and is the second Oriole to achieve the award in the last month.

Other nominees included Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Robinson Cano and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.