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Mark Teixeira scratched with flu-like symptoms

Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira Reuters

Mark Teixeira probably didn’t want to face Francisco Liriano tonight anyway.

The Yankees scratched their first baseman about two hours before Tuesday’s game against the Twins was due to start. The reason was the old standby: flu-like symptoms.

Teixeira is 3-for-20 with one homer and 10 strikeouts lifetime against Liriano, and he’s not off to the best of starts this year anyway (.250/.348/.325 with three RBI in 40 AB), so the Yankees may well be better off without him.

With Teixeira out, the Yankees decided to sneak in a partial day off for Derek Jeter. He moved to DH and was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at shortstop. Nick Swisher, who was to DH, will play first base instead.

  1. ermur22 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    He’s scared

  2. hojo20 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Maybe he had diarrhea. And since AL games that lasts forever, it wouldn’t be wise to be stuck playing first base for 20 minute intervals when nature calls.

  3. astrosfan75956 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    It is past time for Gardner to leadoff, he is a great hitter and a good table setter with top speed. It’s been fun Jeter but you’re now batting 8th.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Astrofan-Jeter is only batting .400 this year. Maybe they should cut him, genius?

    • pisano - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I think you’ve been watching the Astro’s too long.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    With the Twins starting a Right Handed pitcher today may be Teixeira can have flu like symptoms again today. He seems to struggle mightily when batting left handed against right handed pitchers, lately.

  6. sparky1002 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Tex is having a hard time getting into his comfort zone. But he will, that said, the same could be said for much of the Yanks pitching so far. They could trade Hughes for someone more consistent. Looks like Hughes is taking up where he left off last year. Sad to see a pitcher that had such promise degenerate into a straight-in thrower whose pitch is either inside, outside, or perfectly over the plate at 89 mph.

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