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Teixeira went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Teixeira had a productive series against the Rays, racking up five hits in 12 at-bats. Overall he's slashing .235/.333/.446 with a team-best 20 home runs to go with 53 RBI this season.

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Teixeira (finger) said he felt "not bad" in his return to the starting lineup Sunday after missing three games with an injury to his pinky finger, the NY Post reports.

Teixeira said he's still dealing with some pain in his finger, but it feels a lot better than it initially did. He made it through the full game on Sunday, and added a hit, so he likely won't miss any more time with this injury, but his status is still worth monitoring until the finger fully heals.

Mark Teixeira 1B NYY 11 Days

Teixeira (finger) went 1-for-4 on Sunday in his return to the lineup. He's more capable in hitting left-handed than right-handed right now.

The Yankees face left-handed starters on Tuesday and Saturday this week, so there's a possibility he might not start on those two days.

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Teixeira (finger) is back in the lineup Sunday, but will need to go through batting practice to ensure his finger will hold up, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports.

Teixeira had his left pinky stitched up Thursday and it caused him to miss Friday and Saturday as well. He is back in the lineup Sunday on the condition that his finger makes it through batting practice before the game without issues.

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Teixeira (finger) took soft toss in the batting cages Saturday but suggested he'll need to see improvement before he can think about playing, the New York Daily News reports. "Probably 50 percent, but obviously that's not going to get the job done" Teixeira said. "It's not the cut. The cut is -- I don't want to say irrelevant -- but it's the joint that's really, really sore. So whether it was sprained or bruised -- we're not really sure -- the joint is really sore. The cut you just wrap and play, (with) the joint I can't grip a bat."

Manager Joe Girardi, meanwhile, said Teixeira is "definitely closer than he was (Friday)" and added that it's possible he could be available in some capacity Sunday. However, with the 34-year-old still not capable of gripping a bat, it seems likely he'll remain on the bench for the finale against Cleveland. The Yankees will continue to monitor Teixeira on a day-to-day basis, but a DL stint remains a possibility if he is unable to make sufficient progress by the middle of next week.

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Teixeira attempted to hit off a tee Friday, describing the activity as "very painful," MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

Teixeira said that he's still hopeful about avoiding the DL, but with the first baseman only putting his health at about 50 percent at the moment, it's hard to be optimistic about his chances of returning in the next couple of days. Despite being nicked up repeatedly this season, Teixeira has managed to remain fairly productive on a per-game basis, homering 19 times and driving in 52 runs in 84 games.

Mark Teixeira 1B NYY 13 Days

Teixeira (finger) is not in the lineup Saturday vs. the Indians, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

Teixeira will miss his third straight contest as he awaits his left pinky finger to regain feeling, after requiring stitches in the digit a couple days earlier. Chase Headley will again cover first base in his absence.

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Teixeira (finger) remains out of the lineup Friday.

He received stitches in his left pinky finger and will now miss his second game in a row as he recovers. It's a day-to-day situation with Teixeira, and he could be back Saturday, but Chase Headley will slot in at first base Friday.

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Teixeira is set to receive stitches in his left pinky finger, which will cause him to miss Thursday's game, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

Teixeira's absence isn't expected to last too long due to the recent ailment, but he'll miss at least one game as a result. On the last occurrence Teixeira had to miss time, manager Joe Girardi shifted catcher Brian McCann over to first base, while Francisco Cervelli manned the backstop. A similar strategy could be used in Thursday's -- and possibly Friday's -- games.

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Teixeira (illness) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

Teixeira was scratched shortly before Monday's first pitch as a result of light-headedness, which is presumably a thing of the past. He's been quite productive in his last six games, hitting .263 (5-for-19) with two long balls, three RBI, five runs scored, and five walks versus two strikeouts.