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Not many hits, but Teixeira enjoying being out there

Not many hits, but Teixeira enjoying being out there

VIERA, Fla. -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira played his third Grapefruit League game on Tuesday against the Nationals, and the excitement of getting back on the field has not worn off just yet.

"I had fun today, just running around," said Teixeira, who played six innings in the field. "Usually Spring Training games are boring, at this point in your career, but I'm enjoying myself, which is good. Hopefully that lasts all season long."

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Teixeira went 0-for-3 at the plate, getting robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Nationals center fielder Nate McLouth in the fourth inning. The first baseman is 1-for-8 so far this spring, but he said he "couldn't be happier" with how he feels, coming off right wrist surgery and a 2013 season that included only 15 games played.

"I've swung at good pitches and taken good swings," Teixeira said. "My [batting-practice sessions] have been solid. Nothing has happened where I've said, 'OK, let's reassess something.' So it's boring, but that's good. It's very good."

Manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira soon will begin to play in consecutive games, another step toward being ready for the regular season. However, Teixeira won't go on the Yankees' trip to Panama this coming weekend, as the training facilities there are not conducive to all of the extra work he still must do to rehab and strengthen the wrist.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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