Gardner looks to keep up thefts in playoffs

Gardner looks to keep up thefts in playoffs

BOSTON -- Brett Gardner became the first player in franchise history to steal five bases in a single day on Saturday, something the Yankees speedster hopes is a sign of success to come in the playoffs.

Gardner entered play on Sunday tied for fourth in the Majors with 47 steals this season, the ninth-highest by a Yankee and the most since Rickey Henderson stole 80 in 1985.

"They were good situations to run," Gardner said. "I had a good read on the pitcher and I got on base a few times, trying to get into scoring position and make things happen. ... I need to continue to try to work on making jumps, and the only way you can continue to do that is to run."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he loves how Gardner can put pressure on opponents' defense, erasing tasks like sacrificing runners along. Girardi wouldn't say if Gardner had the green light for all five of the steals or if they had been called from the bench.

"He got there when we wanted him to," Girardi said, with a laugh.