On-Base Perception

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Yankees have organizational issue at first base

Carlos Beltran plays first base in the fifth

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.

The chronology goes like this:

- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...

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Francisco Cervelli in an odd position

Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli after batting practice on

(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.

Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...

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Boring but good so far for Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira takes batting practice at Steinbrenner Field

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

VIERA, Fla. -- In a perfect world, Mark Teixeira, who went 0-for-3, would like to put his surgically repaired right wrist through the tests of a big swing and a miss and a check swing, which he hasn’t to this point.

But the way the wrist feels, he’s not concerned.

“I couldn’t be happier with how I feel right now,” the Yankees' first baseman said Tuesday. “Nothing has happened yet where...

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Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez, others to join MLB Network during playoffs

Mark Teixeira is interviewed on camera. Teixeira was

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Mark Teixeira will be the only member of the Yankees to participate in the 2013 playoffs. It just won't be on the field.

Teixeira is slated to join ex-Yankee and current Mariner Raul Ibanez, Blue Jays infielder Mark DeRosa and Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones as postseason guest studio analysts on MLB Network. White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will also provide commentary.

Harrelson...

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