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11 Brett Gardner LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/185 | Birthdate: 8/24/1983 | Birthplace: Holly Hill, SC | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: Charleston (SC) | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,850,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/89 | Average Draft Position: 223.16
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Veteran Yankees clear waivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Yankees placed infielders Martin Prado and Stephen Drew, as well as outfielder Brett Gardner on waivers, and all three have cleared, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Tuesday.  

All three are now eligible to be traded during the month of August, though there is no indication the team is looking to move any of them. 


Brett Gardner slugs 15th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 8-7 win over the Red Sox Sunday.

Gardner ripped off four home runs in a three-game span earlier in the week, and while he was 0 for 5 in two games against the Red Sox before Sunday, he did draw four walks and steal a base before exploding at the plate in the series finale. He has hit .284/.363/.467 with 15 home runs, 50 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 398 at-bats.


Brett Gardner continues homer barrage Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Rangers Wednesday.

Gardner led off the game with his fourth home run in the last three days, but unlike in his other two games, he wasn't able to add on any other hits. Still, the power barrage has given him a .283/.356/.460 line with 14 home runs, 47 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 389 at-bats.


Brett Gardner slams third home run in two games Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) One might have asked what Yankees leadoff hitter Brett Gardner could do for an encore to his two-homer game Monday against Texas. He answered that question in style Tuesday.

Gardner slammed four hits, including a solo homer to begin the game, and added two doubles with three runs in a shootout win over the Rangers. He is 7 for 10 with five runs scored in his last two games. His .455 slugging percentage is a season-high.


Brett Gardner smacks two home runs in loss to Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner smacked a pair of home runs in his team's 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

Gardner was the only New York hitter to solve Texas ace Yu Darvish on Monday, as he took him deep for solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. He owns a .276/.352/.437 slash line with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 380 at-bats.

Brett Gardner clubs 10th home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner hit a solo home run Wednesday against the Rangers.

Darvish worked a five-pitch at-bat from Yu Darvish in the third inning. On the final pitch, he hit a 90 mph fastball from Darvish out to right for the solo shot. The game lasted just five innings due to rain, so Gardner finished 1 for 2.


Brett Gardner plates three runs in win over Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner enjoyed a productive day at the plate on Saturday, driving in three runs in his team's 7-1 home win over Cincinnati.

Gardner singled in a run in the third inning and added a pair of sacrifice flies. He finished 1 for 2 with three RBI. He is hitting .279 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 348 at-bats.

Brett Gardner sets new career high in home runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner homered in Sunday's rain-shortened game against the Orioles, giving him a career-high nine home runs heading into the second half. Gardner is batting .233 with one triple, two home runs, six RBI, six walks and seven runs in 12 July games.

Unfortunately, Gardner has not been a strong second-half player in his career. He has just a .251 average, .352 slugging percentage and .696 OPS in his career after the All-Star break.

Last season, though, Gardner hit .274 with a .403 slugging percentage, .757 OPS, one home run, five triples, 11 doubles, 20 RBI, 29 runs and 11 stolen bases in 52 games in the second half.


Brett Gardner only sits out one game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Indians after sitting out Wednesday due to a lower abdominal strain. Gardner is batting .296 (8 for 27) with one triple, one home run, five RBI, five walks and five runs in eight July games.

Brett Gardner sidelined by abdominal strain


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was concerned he might be dealing with a hernia, but Yankees team doctors confirmed it was just a lower abdominal strain, reports MLB.com.

Gardner is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, as the injury was bothering him late during Tuesday's game. He expects to return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale, however.  


Brett Gardner out of Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is absent from the Saturday lineup in Minnesota. Alfonso Soriano is set to start there instead.

Gardner has been steady and productive. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is on pace to score about 100 runs this season.


Brett Gardner ties career high in home runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner tied his career high with his eighth home run during a 6-3 loss Wednesday against the Rays. He finished 3 for 5 with one run and two RBI.

Gardner put New York up 1-0 with a home run leading off the bottom of the first inning. He added an RBI single in the fourth. It was just his second multi-hit game in his last 13 appearances. Gardner came into Wednesday batting .238 in his previous 12 games.


Brett Gardner reaches four times, scores twice in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner didn't go deep for the first time in three games Wednesday, but he still put together a big performance in a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays.

After back-to-back games with a homer, Gardner was kept in the yard this time out. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, they couldn't keep him off the base paths, as he went 4 for 5 with two runs scored in the win.

Gardner is now hitting .290/.351/.412 on the season, while ranking 10th in the American League with 42 runs scored.  


Brett Gardner homers in second straight game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Yankees got some rare power out of the leadoff spot Tuesday, as Brett Gardner went deep in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.  

Gardner clubbed a two-run home run in the third inning, ultimately providing the winning margin in the game. It was his lone contribution, as he finished the game 1 for 4 with one run scored and two RBI.

Gardner homered in consecutive games after hitting just one over the previous month. He has six on the season, and is hitting .280/.343/.405 in 257 at-bats. 


Brett Gardner hits fourth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner clubbed his fourth home run Thursday against the Athletics.

Gardner only picked up one hit during the game, but he made it count. Gardner led off the top of the third with the game tied 1-1. He hit a 92 mph fastball out to right on the first pitch of the at-bat. Gardner's blast proved to be the deciding factor in the game, as New York won 2-1.


Brett Gardner cultivating productive year for Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The nine-game road trip just concluded by the Yankees started fine for left fielder Brett Gardner with successive two-hit games. But the last seven games proved to be a rather sad story.

Gardner managed just four singles in 27 at-bats in those seven games, though he did score and drive in three runs in the process. Despite the mini-drought, he still owns a strong stat line of .281./353/.384 and has scored 30 runs on the season.

His problem as a non-power hitter is strikeouts. He has fanned 49 times in just 185 at-bats, which puts him on pace to shatter his personal single-season record of 127 set last year.


Brett Gardner producing despite shaky contact rates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been on a nice run offensively since late April. He is batting .351 with a .514 slugging percentage and .935 OPS in his last 20 games.

Gardner has also been on a nice power surge in recent games, as he's totaled one triple, two doubles and two home runs in his last eight games. At this pace, Gardner appears on his way to a career season at 30 years old. 

Though, the one thing that really sticks out for Gardner is his high strikeout rate. He's struck out 41 times in 41 games. As Gardner said in early May, "I have been swinging and missing more than I would like," per the New York Post.

The numbers certainly support Gardner's claim. He has a career-worst 5.7 swinging strike rate, per FanGraphs.com. He's also making contact at pitches outside the strike zone at 68.7 percent and contact on all pitches at 84.9 percent -- also both career lows.

Perhaps the good news is that Gardner is still producing despite being lower than his career norms, so maybe there is more room for him to improve. But the high strikeout and poor contact rates are certainly worth watching.

As for his recent power surge, Gardner has the speed to leg out doubles and triples, but don't expect the home run power to last. You still want him in your lineup because of his steals and runs potential.


Brett Gardner smashes grand slam Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 2 for 5 with a grand slam in his team's 9-7 loss to the Mets Monday.

Gardner put his team up 4-1 with the second-inning slam. He also struck out twice in the game while adding a single. Gardner has hit .286/.348/.381 with two home runs, 16 RBI and seven stolen bases in 126 at-bats.


Brett Gardner has another two-hit game in win over Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Brett Gardner was part of a Yankees outfielder that slammed seven hits and scored six runs Saturday against the Rays.

He certainly did his part. Gardner hit two singles, including one in the ninth inning that scored fellow outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Jacoby Ellsbury. His fourth two-hit game in his last five starts raised his average to .274.


Hitters to sit in Week 6


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) What do A.J. Pierzynski, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Marcus Semien, Everth Cabrera and Brett Gardner have in common? They're all "sits" for Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11). Billy Butler didn't qalify for the list as a DH-only player, but he's not so advisable either with the Royals playing three games at San Diego to open the week.

Of course, whether or not you can actually sit them depends on your league type and the alternatives available to you. For the reasons why you might sit them and a list of possible replacements, check out Start and Sit Hitters for Week 6.


Brett Gardner gets game off Friday against David Price


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is not in the lineup issued for the Friday night game after Tampa Bay ace left-hander David Price.

Gardner has two hits in three of his last four games and is 12 for 37 this season against southpaws. But he has just two hits in 14 career at-bats against Price.


X-rays on Brett Gardner's foot come back negative


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) X-rays on the top of the left foot of Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner have come back negative, Newsday reports.

Gardner, who was struck on the foot by a pitch, is experiencing some swelling around the injury, and his availability for Sunday's game could depend on how much of the swelling remains Sunday morning. He went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a run Saturday, giving him a .272/.344/.346 line with one home run, eight RBI, 12 runs and six stolen bases in 81 at-bats.


Brett Gardner on the bench Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Rays.

Gardner will be replaced by Ichiro Suzuki in left field. It's assumed that it's just a normal day off for Gardner, as he's not dealing with any known injuries at this time. 


Brett Gardner, Brian McCann out with Jon Lester on the mound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is on a tear, but he won't be able to continue it Friday night unless he pinch-hits. Joe Girardi has elected to sit him against Red Sox premier left-hander Jon Lester.

Gardner is on an eight-game winning streak during which he has 10 hits in 31 at-bats with five RBI. But he generally rests against Lester, against whom he has just two hits in 11 career at-bats.

Also sitting against Lester will be catcher Brian McCann, another left-handed stick. He is batting .167 this season.


Brett Gardner connects for 24th career HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner connected for his first home run of the season Sunday at Toronto -- a two-run homer off Drew Hutchison in the fourth inning. It was just the 24th home run of Gardner's seven-year career.

Gardner has hit safely in four straight games after failing to record a hit in the opener and has an RBI in three straight games. He is batting .278 (5 for 18) with one home run and four RBI in five games. He also has stolen base in two straight games.