NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner has been scratched from the New York Yankees' lineup against Oakland with a stiff neck.
He was replaced in left field Wednesday night by switch-hitter Aaron Hicks, who batted ninth. Starlin Castro moved up to Gardner's No. 2 spot in the lineup against Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman.
Gardner was listed in the original lineup. But during batting practice, a little more than 2 hours before game time, the Yankees announced he had been removed. He may have aggravated a lingering neck issue when he dove for Danny Valencia's sixth-inning triple Tuesday night.
The speedy Gardner has been one of the best offensive players lately for a Yankees team struggling to get timely hits. He has eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, including two doubles and a home run, and a .438 on-base percentage this season.