OAKLAND, Calif. — Brett Gardner doesn’t put much stock in how far back of the Red Sox the Yankees are or what their lead over the A’s for the top AL wild-card spot is.

All the longest-tenured Yankee knows is what everybody who has been paying attention sees: The level of play has to improve.

“Whether it’s them or the Red Sox, I am not too concerned where we are in the standings in relation to them or relation to Boston. I am just concerned about us playing better,’’ Gardner said following a 6-3 Labor Day loss to the A’s in front of 40,546 at the dreary Oakland Coliseum.

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