Brett Gardner Daily Update: April 8, 2010

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2010

BOSTON - APRIL 04:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammates Alex Rodriguez #13 and Nick Swisher #33 after Gardner scored against the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 2010 during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Brett Gardner used his speed in the New York Yankees 3-1 victory over the hated Boston Red Sox last night.

Gardner did not get a hit in three at bats in the final game of the opening series of 2010 season.

But in the top of the 10th inning, Gardner worked a one out walk against BoSox close, Jonathon Papelbon. Papelbon paid a great deal of attention to Gardner taking his lead off first and threw to first over and over again. Papelbon's concentration on Gardner may have led to his inattention to Derek Jeter, who also worked a walk.

By the time Jeter had earned his walk, Gardner was no longer on first as he had easily stolen second base. The throw by catcher Victor Martinez was not even close.

Papelbon was pulled after walking Jeter. His replacement, Scott Atchison proceeded to walk Nick Johnson and Gardner reached third. He scored just moments later when Mark Teixeira grounded out.

Gardner's speed was prominent in the Yankees' success in this three game series. Although he had no hits last night he proved again that when he is on base he affects the game.