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Mark Teixeira battles past injuries as Yankees hurt Twins


Mark Teixeira (at right, above, with Alex Rodriguez) put the hurt on the Minnesota Twins with a two-run homer, but that probably couldn't compare with how he felt, playing with a broken right pinky toe and a bruised right thumb that required a cortisone shot two weeks ago.

"I don't think Tex will tell me how much pain he's in," said Manager Joe Girardi, whose New York Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the American League Division Series with a 6-4 victory Wednesday night in Minneapolis. "This is a guy who broke his toe and was back in the lineup the next day."

The injuries were reflected in his .211 batting average after Sept. 16.

"Right now there's no time to worry about taking days off and getting better," he said. "You know what it is and I feel good enough to play. When you break your toe and bruise your hand in the same week, you're like you don't have feet or hands to work with.

"But the toe has gotten better and the hand has gotten better with the shot. If I need another [shot], I can get another one. ...

"My thumb only hurts when I swing and miss. So my goal is not to swing and miss."

By Cindy Boren  | October 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
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