ARLINGTON, Texas - Though he didn't come right out and say it, Joe Girardi indicated he would have preferred Mark Teixeira to have kept his anger at third-base coach Joe Espada in-house.
"I think Joe Espada's done a tremendous job, coaching third, coaching our infielders," Girardi said before Tuesday night's game. "As a player, there are times I made incorrect reads as a baserunner. As a manager sometimes or as a player, I've said things I wish I maybe would have stated a little bit different. Everything's OK. We talked about it, we move on, we learn from it. But things are good."
Teixeira publicly scolded Espada after Monday night's 6-2 victory, angry that the coach made a misread on Chase Headley's single in the eighth. Espada yelled "easy, easy" as Teixeira rounded third, code that there would not be a play at the plate and no reason to slide. But Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin came up throwing and clipped Teixeira, who went into an awkward , last-second slide at the plate. Teixeira yelled at Espada on his way back to the dugout, then began slamming and throwing things once he got there.
"I can get hurt not expecting a play at the plate," a still upset Teixeira said afterward. "There's just a lot of reasons why that can't happen . . . I'm sure it won't ever happen again."
Espada admitted fault after the game and Girardi said all have talked it through. "I'm not going to go into it," Girardi said, "but we're good."
Nova on for Sunday
Girardi said Ivan Nova, pulled after five innings Monday because of "fatigue" in his right arm, is still scheduled to start Sunday. "I'm not hurt or anything like that, so there's no reason to think I'm not going to pitch," Nova said. "I asked some guys [teammate Dellin Betances and Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano] that went through Tommy John and they said that's normal. I'm not worried about it."