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If the New York Yankees are to become the fifth team to overcome a 3-1 ALCS deficit, they'll have to do it without the services of Mark Teixeira(notes).

The big first baseman strained his right hamstring while running to first in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 10-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in Tuesday's Game 4 of the ALCS. Teixeira fell to the ground in a faux slide just before reaching the bag and had to be helped off the field by a trainer and manager Joe Girardi.

After the game, Girardi said it would take "a miracle" for Teixeira to return for Wednesday's Game 5 and that he will almost certainly need 6-8 weeks of recovery time. The team plans to move Teixeira off the postseason roster and add rookie Eduardo Nunez(notes) to take his place.

Teixeira's injury ends a disappointing ALCS for the big money star. After hitting a big homer in the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins, Teixeira reverted to the form that earned him a spot on our worst postseason players list. He was 0-for-14 over four games against the Rangers

Better luck next year, I guess.

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