KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not one, but two key members of the New York Yankees' offense are sitting out Monday's game in Kansas City. The good news is, both may be back as soon as Tuesday.
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Outfielder Brett Gardner is out for a second straight day with a sore ankle, which was not unexpected, and first baseman Mark Teixeira took Monday off with a tender left hamstring, which came as a surprise.
Winners of four in a row and still scratching and clawing to get into the postseason, the Yankees head to Detroit after Monday's game, and then go on to Toronto later in the week.
"This is a brutal stretch of games and any opportunity to give it some rest, we're going to take advantage of it," Teixeira said. "When you're younger, you play through them and you don't have a problem. But sometimes you play through them and something pops and you're out for a while."
Teixeira said he could pinch-hit Monday if called upon, and expects to be in the lineup Tuesday in Detroit. "It's just a day off for Tex," manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees are almost as confident in Gardner's quick return. "He's better today but he's not a player today," Girardi said. "We're hoping for tomorrow. If it's not tomorrow, I would think it's the next day. But he got better. That's a good sign."
Happy birthday! Right-hander Adam Warren turned 27 on Monday.
Break even? The Yankees are aiming for an even split of a four-game series that began last June 6. The fourth game was rained out after the Royals lost the series opener and won the next two.