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During last season, Hardy signed a three-year contract extension that should keep him in Baltimore through 2014.

“I think everybody in this game looks for that,” Hardy said of long-term security. “You can be traded to any team. There are so many question marks that so many of us baseball players have to deal with. I have loved my time here.

“I got traded from Milwaukee to Minnesota [in 2009] then the next season I got traded over here,” added Hardy, who was dealt by the Twins to the Orioles on Dec. 9, 2010. “I don’t like moving around from team to team. I like it here, and it is nice to know I am going to be here for three more years.”

On a team with many question marks, Hardy gives the Orioles one constant.

“I never appreciated how good of a fielder he was until I played with him,” said Davis, who came to the Orioles last July in a trade from Texas. “He is not flashy.”

Added Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, a former University of Virginia star: “I think he should have won the Gold Glove. He makes the play every day. That is all you can ask of a shortstop.”