Gardner makes it happen all over lineup

Mark Teixeira celebrates with Brett Gardner of the Mark Teixeira celebrates with Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. (July 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

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TORONTO -- Brett Gardner is proving he can be productive anywhere in the lineup.

The speedy outfielder went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs and two stolen bases leading off Sunday against the Blue Jays. In the series, he was 10-for-16 with three doubles and five runs.

"It's all the same to me," said Gardner, who batted seventh Saturday. "My job's to get on base no matter where I hit in the lineup, and the last couple days, I've been able to do that and make a few things happen."

Gardner, who began the year 5-for-11 in stolen-base attempts, hasn't been caught in his past 12 tries.

"A little bit of it has to do with luck, probably," he said. "Worrying about getting caught makes you a little bit more passive and you don't go as often. So just be aggressive."

 

Separation anxiety

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After bad outings by Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, a four-game split with the Blue Jays was a relief. Now the Yankees have a chance to create some distance between themselves and Tampa Bay, starting Monday night at Tropicana Field.

"They're important games," manager Joe Girardi said of the four with the third-place Rays. "Because we know they're going to be there all year long and we're going to have to battle them.''

 

Extra bases

The Yankees recalled Chris Dickerson and sent down Greg Golson . . . With the Yankees in the midst of eight straight days on synthetic turf, Girardi gave Derek Jeter the day off. Eduardo Nuñez played shortstop and did not make an error for the first time all series . . . Mark Teixeira was the DH . . . Jorge Posada, who started at first base, played his 1,790th game, eighth on the franchise list . . . Alex Rodriguez (knee surgery) will remain in Miami for a few weeks while he rehabs.

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