The New York Yankees have their largest lead of the season atop the AL East, but there are some concerns as the injuries mount.
Teixeira, who is batting .500 in his last 10 games in Seattle, looks to help the banged-up Yankees to a third straight win Tuesday night against the Mariners.
Prior to Monday’s opener with Seattle (61-86), New York announced that Francisco Cervelli(notes) is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Thursday’s loss to Baltimore. With starting catcher Russell Martin(notes) (right thumb) already sidelined, the Yankees - also without Alex Rodriguez(notes) (left thumb) - have been forced to hand the catching duties to rookies Jesus Montero(notes) and Austin Romine(notes).
“They might be called into duty if we do get to playoffs, bottom line,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We have to find out what they can do.”
Romine made his major league debut Monday, going 1 for 4 with a run in a 9-3 victory as New York (89-57) opened a four-game lead over Boston. With the one-sided victory, closer Mariano Rivera(notes) didn’t have a chance at his 600th save.
Teixeira has routinely crushed the ball at Safeco, going 22 for 44 with seven homers, four doubles and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games there.
Against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the rookie left-hander allowed three hits through seven scoreless innings and got the first batter out in the eighth before running into trouble. A single, a wild pitch, a walk and a two-run double followed before Furbush was lifted, and all three runners scored in a 3-1 defeat.
Manager Eric Wedge didn’t regret keeping him in, even though Furbush lost his fourth straight start.
“I wanted to give him the opportunity,” Wedge said. “I thought he earned it. … It’s a significant step for him, to be out there in that situation. It didn’t work out this time, but now he’s gone through it late in a ballgame, and he’ll be better for it next time.”
After an encouraging outing in Boston on Sept. 1, when he allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings of New York’s win, Burnett seemed to regress Wednesday versus Baltimore, giving up four runs and seven hits while walking four in six-plus innings of a 5-4, 11-inning loss.
The right-hander also threw three wild pitches, raising his season total to a major league-worst 23 - nine more than anyone else.
In his lone start of the season against the Mariners on May 27 in Seattle, Burnett allowed two runs, four hits and five walks in five innings of a 4-3 loss, but didn’t receive the decision. He’s still 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts at Safeco.