Gardner will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Tigers. He'll be manning left field for the fourth time in five games while Clint Frazier takes a seat. Gardner is maintaining a lowly .188/.291/.229 slash line on the season, so he's far from a safe bet to hold down a near-everyday role if he doesn't show any notable improvement at the dish in his subsequent opportunities.
Gardner will lead off and start in left field Thursday in Cleveland, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. DJ LeMahieu has typically served as the Yankees' leadoff man this season, but he'll move down a spot as manager Aaron Boone looks to shake things up for a struggling offense that hasn't produced more than three runs in any of its last three games. Though he'll be getting a look in the leadoff role, Gardner hasn't made a compelling case to replace any of the Yankees' struggling regulars in the everyday lineup. Gardner is off to a 6-for-28 start (.214 average) to the season.
Gardner is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays. He heads to the bench for the second game in a row. Clint Frazier will start in left field and bat eighth.
Gardner is not starting Monday against Toronto. Gardner hits the bench after starting four of the last five games. He's off to a strong start at the plate this season, posting a .947 OPS through his first 22 plate appearances. Clint Frazier will start in left field.
Frazier will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Rays. Gardner will close the weekend with two consecutive starts, both of which have come against right-handed pitching. Though manager Aaron Boone hasn't commented on his plans for left field moving forward, Gardner may have leapfrogged the struggling Clint Frazier on the depth chart, at least temporarily. Regardless, Frazier should still see regular starts against left-handed pitching.
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