Mark Teixeira's night abruptly was cut short in the eighth inning because of soreness in his right shoulder. The Yankees' first baseman said he woke up Wednesday with slight pain in his shoulder after making a diving catch Monday night. The soreness wasn't an issue until he had to make a dive on an Adam Dunn ball Wednesday night.
"It was sore again and [manager] Joe [Girardi] and I decided to not push it," said Teixeira, 1-for-3 before being replaced by Eric Chavez in the eighth.
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Teixeira, who said he's day-to-day, added he feels the most discomfort when swinging. "Luckily I don't have to throw too much at first, but it doesn't feel great throwing and swinging," he said. "It's definitely sore swinging. It's general soreness, that's why I kind of feel OK about it. It's not like it's a sharp shooting pain that we'd really be worried about."
Sori's still the guy
Despite Rafael Soriano's struggles and his 7.84 ERA, Girardi maintained he's sticking with him. "His command is very good," the manager said of his setup man, who blew his first game of the season Tuesday night. "Has it been a little off? Yes. But I don't make too much of that because they live on such a fine line anyway."
After saying the team wants to see Francisco Cervelli (broken left foot) catch consecutive games before deciding on a next step, Girardi changed his tune, saying: "He may not even have to catch back-to-back at this point. We'll see."
Yankees starters have held their opponents to one run or less in each of the past four games . . . The Yankees' Class A Charleston RiverDogs toured the clubhouse before watching batting practice. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Jorge Posada and Teixeira chatted with players. C Gary Sanchez, the No. 2 prospect in the system according to Baseball America, didn't travel to the Bronx because of a family matter.