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New York Yankees' Hottest Player: Brett Gardner Still Producing in an Anemic Offense

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New York Yankees' Hottest Player: Brett Gardner Still Producing in an Anemic Offense

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What can't Brett Gardner do these days?

COMMENTARY | Matt Harvey was in total control on May 28. A true stud, who was painting the corners with 97-mph gas, blowing away every New York Yankees batter that came to the plate.

All except for one that is: the electric Brett Gardner.

Gardner was the only Yankee to manage multiple hits off the flame-throwing Met's right-hander.

Gardner has hit safely in his past six games while batting .320, with two home runs, four RBI, and six runs scored.

Yup, these days, Brett Gardner is the hottest man in pinstripes. And not even the heat from one of the best pitchers in the National League could cool him down.

It was evident from the second pitch of the game that Gardner was locked in. He somehow got on top of a Harvey fastball up in the zone and turned it around, crushing a line drive to the warning track that was run down by Met's center fielder Rick Ankiel.

Sure, it was an out. But it was a loud one that seemed like a sign of things to come for Gardner.

Turned out it was.

In his second at-bat, in the top of the 3rd, Gardner wasn't fooled by a curveball from Harvey. He stayed back on it nicely and hit it hard, taking it the other way through the hole between shortstop and third.

Constantly the catalyst, in the top the 6th, Gardner lined the first pitch he saw, a 94-mph fastball, into right field. Met's right fielder, Marlon Byrd, couldn't handle it cleanly.

And, sure enough, that's all it took for the speedster to end up on second base with no outs.

It's this ability to put pressure on outfielders and take that extra base that makes Brett Gardner so valuable to the Yankees.

He creates runs.

And on a night when runs were more rare than a Joba Chamberlain apology, Gardner gave the Yanks their best opportunity to score.

The opportunity was not wasted.

Robinson Cano moved Gardner over to third with a groundout, followed by a clutch two-out RBI single by Lyle Overbay.

Brett Gardner crossed the plate with his team-leading 28th run scored of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

No, the Yankees did not win this game as Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the season in shocking fashion. He allowed two runs on three straight hits without recording an out in the 9th .

But Gardner put the Yanks in position to win.

In the bottom half of the 6th , Gardner reminded us that he cannot only score runs, but that he can save them too.

With a runner on first and no out, Daniel Murphy drove a ball into the left-center field gap that seemed destined to be a run-scoring double. That is, until Gardner did this.

And if that felt like déjà vu, you would be right. Just ask Daniel Murphy.

The previous night, on May 27, Gardner robbed a home run from the very same guy.

"I don't think he's too happy with me right now," Gardner said.

No, Brett, he's probably not. But Yankee fans sure are.

Tobias Rosen is from northeast Pennsylvania. He has been an avid Yankees follower his entire life. He is the creator of the recently launched sports blog Not Quite Grantland.

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