Brett Gardner got off to a scorching start last week and rarely stopped hitting, and the former College of Charleston star was rewarded Monday. The New York Yankees’ outfielder was named American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 28.
Gardner, 31, hit .500 (13 for 26) with nine runs scored, two home runs, four doubles and six RBIs over six games to claim the third such honor of his career. For the week, Gardner’s on-base percentage was .581, his slugging percentage .885 and he had 23 total bases.
Last Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium, Gardner went 4 for 4 with a walk. The perfect day included a three-run homer.
Gardner had 10 RBIs and 18 hits over eight games and raised his average to .294, up from .262 before the hot streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gardner became the first Yankees player to have 18 hits, 12 runs scored, four home runs and 10 RBIs over an eight-game span since Don Mattingly in 1987.
A Holly Hill native, Gardner was the Yankees’ third-round draft pick in 2005.
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