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Brett Gardner not campaigning for All-Star votes

The New York Yankees' Brett Gardner hits a

The New York Yankees' Brett Gardner hits a sixth-inning, two-run, home run in a game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

Don't expect Brett Gardner to lobby for the American League's last spot in the All-Star Game.

"That's just not me," said Gardner, one of five candidates in the Final Vote. "It's not my personality."

Gardner is hitting .296 with nine home runs, 39 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and a .373 on-base percentage. He is a catalyst for a Yankees offense that ranks third in the majors with 382 runs. He's willing to let those numbers serve as his support system, rather than mimic the notorious campaign for an All-Star bid launched by former Yankee Nick Swisher in 2010.

"It worked for him, right? I'm not going to take the same approach," Gardner said. "Hopefully, the fans go out and vote for who they want to see in the game. We'll see how it all shakes out."

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Even if Gardner will not promote himself, he has a manager and a roster of teammates who will not hesitate to state a case for the outfielder to join Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira on the AL roster.

"I'd really encourage our fans to vote for Gardner," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think he deserves to be on the All-Star team for what he does offensively and defensively. And just the way he plays the game, I think it's what Yankees fans love."

"The numbers speak for themselves," Betances said. "I thought he would have gotten the call and not be at the Final Vote. Him being there, we've got to get him in somehow. I'll vote for him myself."

Gardner never has made an All-Star team, but he's far from an unknown.

"I think those days are behind us," Alex Rodriguez said. "I think Brett's put himself at the forefront as one of the better players in this league."

The Final Vote ballot will remain open on until Friday at 4 p.m. Gardner is up against Boston's Xander Bogaerts, Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes, Minnesota's Brian Dozier and Kansas City's Mike Moustakas.

"I'm not going to change who I am for this Final Vote deal for these next couple of days," Gardner said. "I'm just happy and honored to be a part of it and get mentioned alongside all these other great players. If it works out, I'd obviously enjoy going to Cincinnati next week and being a part of it."

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