Notebook: Tex will stay fifth, offense

May, 13, 2012
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While Mark Teixeira continues to struggle, with his batting average at .223 after going 1-for-4 Sunday, manager Joe Girardi said he won't drop the first baseman in the lineup.

"I've talked about that before, I think you can make too much of a certain number of at-bats, you can start moving guys all the time and then guys come to the ball park and they don't know where they're hitting," Girardi said. "He's what, third or fourth on our team in RBIs? I'm going to leave him there."

The first baseman is battling bronchitis, and was coughing and struggling to speak when he met with reporters after the 6-2 loss to the Mariners. He said he's trying to fight through the ailment, although he did not use it as an excuse.

Teixeira said he's frustrated because the prednisone he was prescribed hasn't worked yet, and he would consider going back to the chest specialist if he is not better by the end of the upcoming four-day road trip. He said the medicine was supposed to work within three to four days and it's been five since he started taking the medication.

"We're always battling through things," Teixeira said. "Just try to do the best you can."

In perhaps the biggest moment of Sunday's game, Teixeira struck out with Yankees trailing 4-2 in the eighth and the bases loaded with two outs. He walked back to the dugout to boos.

While Teixeira is fourth on the team in RBIs, among the starters he has the second-worst average and the worst on-base percentage. He has four homers on the year, but said he does not have a lot of power and hopes to hit the ball with more authority.

"Right now I'm just battling and waiting for a hot streak and waiting to get better," Teixeira said. "Hopefully get on a roll."

SHUT DOWN: Entering Sunday's game, the Yankees had been very successful against Kevin Millwood, who was 2-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 13 games against them. That wasn't the case Sunday, though, as Millwood held the Yankees to just three hits over seven innings while giving up one run as he recorded his first win of the year.

Right fielder Nick Swisher said it seemed like Millwood had a different motion than the Yankees had seen, as if the right-hander was tucking and hiding the ball more.

"He did a good job today keeping ball in the zone," Swisher said. "Hit a couple ball hard but just really didn't get anything going off him."

THROWN OUT: Leading off the ninth down 6-2, Swisher doubled into the left-field corner but was thrown out trying to stretch into a triple. While he hinted after the game that he was safe, the right fielder wished he'd played it safer.

"Now that I look back on it I wish I would have stopped but that's just an aggressive mistake," Swisher said. "Watching the replay, ya know, but just a bad mistake on my part and I wish I would have slowed down."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146