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The Yankees may be without Mark Teixeira the next several days because of inflammation in his left wrist. The first baseman was not in Friday night’s lineup against the Red Sox. Manager Joe Girardi said he did not expect the condition to be long term but added, “I wouldn’t be surprised if it were more than a day.”
Teixeira hurt the wrist swinging a bat in a game three weeks ago and aggravated it when he dived for a ball at first base. He received a cortisone injection and continued to play, although the wrist has bothered him off and on all this time. Nick Swisher played first base Friday night and is likely to get first call at that position while Teixeira is sidelined.
The first couple of innings were pretty soggy at Yankee Stadium as rain fell intermittently with thunder and lightning for accompaniment. The grounds crew was called on twice to care for the areas around the plate and on the mound.
The Yankees supplied their own thunder in building a 3-0 lead on solo home runs off lefthander Franklin Morales by Swisher in the first inning and Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin back-to-back in the second. Yet it took the Red Sox only one home run to capture the lead.
Boston’s four runs in the third were unearned because of a costly error by Phil Hughes, who was coming off two consecutive starts in which he failed to last the fifth inning. After giving up a leadoff single to Mike Aviles, Hughes got Scott Podsednik to hit a ball back to the mound. A possible double play fell apart as Hughes threw wildly to second, putting runners on first and third for Boston with none out.
Pedro Ciriaco, the rookie who has raked the Yankees this year (.500, two doubles, one triple, six RBI in 22 at-bats entering play), beat out a play at first base to avoid being doubled up as Aviles scored. Hughes retired Carl Crawford on a foul behind third base, but Dustin Pedroia got all of a 1-0 fastball for a three-run home run to left, achieving with one swing what it took the Yankees three to do.
Robinson Cano, back in the lineup after missing two starts due to stiff neck, made a bid to thrust the Yankees back into the lead in the bottom of the third, but a leaping grab at the right field wall by Podsednik took away a potential two-run homer.
Derek Jeter got the Yankees even in the fifth with yet another solo home run that extended his hitting streak to 13 games and was a milestone blast. The homer was career No. 250 for Jeter, which ties him with Graig Nettles for ninth place on the Yanks’ career list. He also became the 10th player on the 2012 Yankees to hit 10 or more home runs, tying a franchise record for players homering in double figures established in 1998.
The 10 this year: Granderson 31, Cano 25, Teixeira 23, Swisher 17, Raul Ibanez 15, Alex Rodriguez 15, Eric Chavez 13, Andruw Jones 13, Martin 13, Jeter 10.
The 10 in 1998: Tino Martinez 28, Bernie Williams 26, Paul O’Neill 24, Darryl Strawberry 24, Jeter 19, Scott Brosius 19, Chuck Knoblauch 17, Jorge Posada 17, Chad Curtis 10, Shane Spencer 10.