CINCINNATI - Even though he's put up his share of power numbers, Brett Gardner said he does not see himself as a power hitter.
"No, definitely not," he said Monday. "Still don't."
Gardner, who will play in his first All-Star Game Tuesday night, entered the break hitting .302 with a .377 OBP and an impressive .484 slugging percentage.
Gardner has already hit 10 homers and has driven in 42 runs, and is well on his way to setting new career highs in both categories. He established career highs with 17 homers and 58 RBI last season.
"I think that more than anything it's just focusing on using the whole plate, the whole field, and hitting the ball where it's pitched," Gardner said. "If the home runs are there, that's great. But I know my job in the lineup is getting on base. I'm not trying to hit the ball over the fence but if that comes that's great."