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Girardi thinks time off won't hurt Teixeira's hot bat

July 9: Yankees 6, Mariners 1 Record: 56-32

July 9: Yankees 6, Mariners 1

Record: 56-32
Recap: Phil Hughes, backed by two solo home runs by Mark Teixeira and a four-run sixth that broke open a close game, was superb in a 6-1 victory over the Mariners Friday night in front of 39,645 at Safeco Field, the Yankees' season-best seventh straight win.
Key stat: The Yankees are 5-0 in this West Coast trip. Photo Credit: AP

SEATTLE - Hot streak aside, Joe Girardi said the All-Star break is still coming at a good time for Mark Teixeira.

The first baseman agrees, but he isn't as sure. "I do want to take a break, but at the same time, hopefully when I get back, I'll still be swinging the bat well because I do feel pretty good up there right now," Teixeira said.

It shows. Teixeira, in an awful slump much of the first half, had four hits Sunday to raise his average to .254. He has hits in 27 of his last 31 games and is batting .336 (40-for-119) with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 16 walks since June 8.

"When you're swinging the bat well, you tend to swing at more strikes and you're not missing pitches," Teixeira said. "I feel like the last couple weeks, I've been not chasing too many pitches and if I get a good pitch to hit, I'm putting a pretty good swing on it."

Girardi said he doesn't have any concerns about the extra time off this week cooling off Teixeira.

"I think it's a good time for him," he said. "He played every day in this . Really didn't have any time off. He didn't DH, so I think these four days will serve him well."

In tribute

Derek Jeter, introduced for every Yankee Stadium at-bat by a recording of Bob Sheppard's voice, will have that same introduction at Tuesday night's All-Star Game. The idea was brought to Jeter, who couldn't say yes fast enough. "It's a great idea," he said. "He deserves it."

The Yankees plan to wear some kind of patch to honor Sheppard on their uniforms during the second half but haven't yet specified it.

Rare occurrence

After Teixeira led off the third with a double, Alex Rodriguez saw third baseman Jose Lopez playing back and tried to drop a bunt down the third-base line. The ball rolled foul.

"I'm looking for a hit," Rodriguez said with a smile. "And a sacrifice." His last sacrifice bunt came June 16, 1999, against the Tigers' Dave Mlicki.


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