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Mark Teixeira gets the night off

Mark Teixeira reacts to popping out with Alex

Mark Teixeira reacts to popping out with Alex Rodriguez on base in the 9th inning. (April 28, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

On Thursday night, Joe Girardi told Mark Teixeira he was going to get Friday night off. So the slumping and ailing first baseman was not in the lineup when the Yankees hosted the Reds at Yankee Stadium.

Teixeira has been bothered for more than a month by a lingering cough that has not responded to treatment. He’s also batting .228 overall and .205 with runners in scoring position.

“He’s been going hard for us,’’ Girardi said. “He’s had the [coughing] issue, and we’ve talked about some days off on the road trip. We talked about continuing to play and I just said, ‘Today’s the day.’’’

Girardi said he wasn’t aware if Teixeira was getting any further tests.

Nor did he know if Teixeira would return to the lineup Saturday.

“I’ll just have to see how he feels,” Girardi said.

Teixeira was not available for comment. On Thursday, he said: “If you could guarantee me that [sitting] would make me feel better, I’d love that guarantee. But I just don’t know if it’s going to help. We’ll see if maybe it makes sense. I’ll probably talk to Joe a little bit."

Nick Swisher started at first base Friday with Raul Ibañez in rightfield and DeWayne Wise in left against Cincinnati righthander Bronson Arroyo.

...Girardi said Ivan Nova (ankle) was still scheduled to start Saturday. If Nova doesn’t feel right during warm-ups, Girardi could switch to Freddy Garcia or David Phelps ... The Reds, who played the Mets at Citi Field the past two days, are in the middle of a five-game New York-only swing. “I’m going to have to cash a new check,” manager Dusty Baker said, noting the difference in expenses between Cincinnati and New York ... Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty visited the field during batting practice.


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