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Mark Teixeira shifting his perspective

After hitting .248 in 2011, Yanks slugger says he'll try to pull the ball a little less often

Updated: February 27, 2012, 9:07 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA -- The Shift has caused a shift in Mark Teixeira's thinking, and a change in his approach.

It's "not necessarily" in his head, he says, that whenever he looks out at the infield from the left-handed batter's box, he sees three infielders where there is supposed to be just two, or that in 2011, he may have led the league in groundouts to right field.

"It's just a fact of life," Teixeira says, a fact that is causing him to try all sorts of things he had never seriously considered ...

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