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Yankees | Brett Gardner bides his time

New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner said Tuesday, Feb. 19, that he benefited from being 100 percent healthy over the offseason. He ran, lifted weights and took swings in batting cages near his home in South Carolina, trying to build confidence. Manager Joe Girardi is still mulling whether to shift Gardner from left field to center, swapping spots defensively with OF Curtis Granderson.

Fantasy Tip: Gardner ranks among the leaders in contract rate and selectivity at the plate. It is uncertain whether he'll bat near the top or bottom of the lineup, too, but he is expected to be a regular. He is a must-start AL-only fantasy play because of his speed, and mixed leaguers will want him as a No. 4 or 5 outfielder or utility option as well.

2013-02-19 21:06:23 | Source: The New York Times - Scott Cacciola

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