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Girardi Tweaks Lineup, Has Gardner Hit Leadoff

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Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi is tweaking his lineup over the final two weeks of exhibition games and one of the first adjustments is having Brett Gardner hit leadoff against Tampa Bay.

Girardi moved Gardner from ninth to first in the posted lineup for Thursday night’s game with the Rays, with Derek Jeter dropping from the top spot to second.

Jeter batted first 137 times last season. The Yankees captain was in the two-hole on 18 occasions.

Gardner was first in the lineup in the other 25 games during 2010. The outfielder, who hit in five different spots overall last year, got his most appearances (56) in the ninth position.

Girardi has said he would do some different things with the lineup just to see how it looks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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