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Brett Gardner leads off; Derek Jeter 2nd

Updated: July 22, 2011, 9:19 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brett Gardner replaced Derek Jeter as the Yankees' leadoff hitter for Friday's 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeter was dropped to second in the order, an arrangement that could continue in the future, especially against right-handed starting pitchers.

"You might (see it again)," manager Joe Girardi said before the game when asked if the Gardner/Jeter 1-2 combination could stick. "I've thought about it. I think about it. I've thought about the pieces ...

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