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Teixeira day-to-day with bruised foot

Teixeira day-to-day with bruised foot

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles after three innings with a bruised left foot.

Teixeira sustained the injury in the first inning, when he fouled a Brian Matusz pitch off the foot, just below his big toe. Later in the at-bat, Teixeira was hit by a pitch, but he stayed in the game for a second plate appearance, which came in the third. Teixeira winced while trotting out a weak grounder to Matusz his second time up.

X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium were negative, and Teixeira is considered day-to-day.

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"I fully expect to be in there tomorrow," Teixeira said after Tuesday's game. "We'll give it a lot of ice tonight, rest and I'll come to play tomorrow."

Juan Miranda took over at first base in the top of the fourth inning.

"It just didn't get any better -- I thought it might loosen up, but instead it stiffened up," Teixeira said of the toe.

"When he was coming up in that third inning, he said his foot was sore but he wanted to hit," manager Joe Girardi said. "He wanted to see how he ran before he made a decision. He felt comfortable hitting, though."

Catcher Jorge Posada suffered a similar injury recently when a foul tip off the bat of the Twins' Michael Cuddyer helped cause a hairline fracture in his right foot. Like Teixeira, Posada's X-rays initially came back negative before an MRI revealed the fracture. Girardi doesn't think that Teixeira will need more testing on his foot, unless the pain unexpectedly persists.

Teixeira is hitting .220 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs this season.

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