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Gardner leads off

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner beats the throw

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner beats the throw to first base following his bunt single to Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields during the fifth inning of a baseball game. (July 21, 2011) Credit: AP

On Wednesday, Girardi said he was “considering” hitting Brett Gardner leadoff against righties — his role at the start of the season — and putting Derek Jeter in the two-hole, which is what he did against James Shields. Jeter was hitting .243 with a .286 OBP vs. righties compared to .291/.367 for Gardner. Girardi said Jeter still will lead off against lefthanders because of his .325 average and .419 OBP against them. Gardner is .291/.391 against lefthanders.

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