Brett Gardner shows he can still do it all as Yankees earn split

BALTIMORE — He gets lost among the trees that are Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge because of their height, muscle and home run hitting ability.

He is closer to Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar in physical stature, but decidedly older than the two rookie infielders.

He is the longest tenured Yankee, and Monday night Brett Gardner showed how important he is to the only club he has ever played for.

Having made the final out of a one-run loss in the first game of a doubleheader against the woeful Orioles at Camden Yards, Gardner opened the second game with a sharp single to right and then became the reason the Yankees rebounded with a 10-2 pounding of the Birds in the nightcap that was witnessed by 26,340.

“In so many ways he is our heartbeat and obviously one of the leaders,’’ Aaron Boone said of Gardner, who went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs and made two outstanding catches in center field. “He plays with grit and a chip on his shoulder. He set the tone.’’

Because the Red Sox beat the Rangers and the Yankees’ split the Yankees fell 2 ½ games back of the AL East leaders. It’s the furthest they have been out of first place since May 30.

Had they not bounced back in the nightcap, the Yankees would have suffered

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