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Mark Teixeira takes another step toward returning to Yankees lineup

Yankees Mark Teixeira looks on during batting practice

Yankees Mark Teixeira looks on during batting practice before the baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Mark Teixeira made a step toward a comeback, reporting no problems with his strained left lat after a pregame workout that included hitting off a tee. It is just not certain if he will return Monday night in Texas.

"He felt good. We'll see how he feels tomorrow and go from there," Joe Girardi said. The manager would not definitely commit to a plan. "He hasn't taken any live BP. When you're working [in the cage], you can guard against a lot of things. When you're in the course of a game, sometimes you can't. We'll take it day by day."


Beltran remains the DH

Carlos Beltran was the designated hitter again Sunday, and will have that role for perhaps another week. Still, his sore elbow is progressing and he has been on a modest throwing program for five days.

"Right now, throwing 90 feet is not going to do it," he said. "When I get to 140-something, where I can make a throw from the outfield to home plate on a do-or-die play, I will be close to playing [the outfield]."


Rookie mistake

For the 48th time this season, the Yankees started a rookie pitcher. Shane Greene, who had a no-decision Sunday, was upset after having given the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead on Colby Rasmus' double in the sixth -- Greene's final delivery. "I was frustrated with myself. I've got to make that pitch," he said.


Girardi recognized

The Hall of Fame induction hit home in the Bronx. Having heard that both Greg Maddux and Joe Torre mentioned him, Girardi said, "One taught me a lot about calling games and was there for me as a young player, one taught me an awful lot about managing."

Derek Jeter said of Torre, "I've said it before: I don't think I'd be where I am now if it wasn't for him."

Despite the fact Jeter has become an icon, he still calls his former manager "Mr. Torre." The future Hall of Famer added, "I shorten it to 'Mr. T' sometimes."

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