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Yankees 1B Teixeira out with sore left wrist

By Ronald Blum
AP Sports Writer / August 17, 2012
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NEW YORK—Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was out of the starting lineup against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night because of a sore left wrist.

Teixeira hurt his wrist while batting against Boston on July 29, then had a cortisone injection two days later. He returned to the lineup on Aug. 3 and played 14 consecutive days, hitting .259 with three homers and seven RBIs. That left him at .257 with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs for the season.

"The wrist is a little sore. The same thing I had two weeks ago, but we played 14 days straight, so it's gotten sore the last few days. We just want to give it a day or two to calm down a little bit," he said. "I'm taking 50 swings in the cage. I'm taking 20 on the field every day and the game swings, that just adds up after a couple weeks."

Nick Swisher started at first base in the absence of Teixeira, who said he might need "a day here, a day there."

"It's something he's been battling," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It got to the point where we're going to have to give him some time off again. I don't think that it's a long-term problem, but we've just got to get through it."

Girardi said he wouldn't be surprised if Teixeira needs at least a second straight day off Saturday. It's the time of year when many players are banged up.

"A lot of things that go on in there that people don't always know, but it's a constant conversation with a lot of our players, how they're feeling today, and then tomorrow I ask the same guys," Girardi said.

He plans on keeping the batting order essentially the same, with Derek Jeter leading off and Ichiro Suzuki batting ninth.

"I'll probably keep it the same," Girardi said. "I've got to find nine guys I can put in it. That's the tough part."

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