Gardner isn't in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays. Gardner started in center field for the afternoon portion of Saturday's doubleheader and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Mike Tauchman will start in left field for the second game, batting seventh.
Gardner will not start Friday against the Rays. Rays starter Blake Snell is just the third southpaw the Yankees have faced in their first 13 games. Gardner hasn't been in the lineup against any of them, though it will be fellow lefty Mike Tauchman filling in for him in left field this time around rather than Miguel Andujar, who started there in the Yankees' two previous games against left-handers this season.
Gardner went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader. Gardner's homer -- a 368-foot blast to right field in the second inning -- was his second in as many games. The veteran has only four hits in 23 at-bats this season, but three of those hits have left the park. That has helped him drive in five runs despite batting a meager .174.
Gardner is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies. Gardner will head to the bench for the second half of Wednesday's twin bill after going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and an extra run scored in the team's Game 1 loss. Miguel Andujar is starting in left field and hitting ninth in his stead.
Gardner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Phillies. Gardner took Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta deep in the third inning to stake the Yankees to a lead that they did not relinquish. Per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the blast was only the second opposite-field homer of Gardner's 13-year major-league career. The 36-year-old has two homers this season but is slashing a meek .105/.261/.421.
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