On Monday, the left-handed-hitting Gardner launched a pair of solo homers as part of a 3-for-5 effort, but his offensive efforts were not enough as the Yanks were doubled up by the Texas Rangers, 4-2, in Arlington. The two blasts marked Brett's first career multi-homer performance (in his 722nd game). The seven-year veteran carried a hot bat into Tuesday's tilt with the Rangers, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a leadoff homer and three runs scored in a wild 12-11 victory for New York. His three runs scored were his most since crossing the dish four times in a 14-5 win over Boston on April 24th at Fenway Park. On Wednesday, the 30-year-old connected on a leadoff homer for the second straight day in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Brett became the first Yankee to hit leadoff home runs in back-to-back games since Derek Jeter on August 17-18, 2001 vs. Seattle, and he was just the third Yankee to accomplish the feat since 1965. The South Carolina native now
has five career leadoff homers, with four of those coming this season. On Sunday night in Boston, the College of Charleston (S.C.) product went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBI and a walk as the Yankees edged the Red Sox, 8-7. Gardner's solo blast in the sixth inning proved to be the game winner for the Yankees. Heading into play today, Gardner is batting .284 with 16 doubles, six triples, 15 homers, 50 RBI, 70 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 107 games. His 15 homers are a career best, surpassing his previous mark of eight home runs in 2013. In addition, all of his homers have come from the leadoff spot, which leads the Majors in that category. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he leads the A.L. and ranks second among all Major League leadoff hitters with 44 RBI.
Other noteworthy performances during last week included Gardner's Yankee teammate Beltran (.480, 12 H, 5 RBI, 5 R); Adam Eaton (.556, 15 H, 3 2B, 6 R) and Alexei Ramirez (.370, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R) of the Chicago White Sox; Corey Kluber (1st career shutout on 7/30 vs. Seattle) of the Cleveland Indians; Kyle Gibson (2-0, 1.93 ERA, 14.0 IP, 2 BB, 13 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; and Greg Holland (0.00 ERA, 4
SV, 6 SO) of the Kansas City Royals.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Brett Gardner will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.