Brett Gardner has won the Yankees' starting center field job.
New York manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that Gardner beat
out Melky Cabrera this spring for the starting spot on opening day.
The speedy Gardner had a .228 batting average over 42 games in
2008, but was successful on 13 of 14 stolen-base attempts. He is
hitting .385 with five stolen bases in 22 spring training games.
The Yankees plan to have Cabrera on the regular-season roster in
a backup role.
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