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• Teixeira was in Friday's lineup as the designated hitter, as Girardi tries to keep the switch-hitter fresh. Teixeira had driven in 19 runs in his last 19 games, so the Yankees would love to keep him in the lineup. 

"There's good communication," Girardi said before his club's 6-5 loss. "I ask sometimes, 'Do you need a DH day,' and he'll tell me, 'No, I don't." I just try to keep on top of it and stay proactive with it, so we keep him healthy."

Teixeira went 0-for-2 with three walks.

• On this date in 1962, rookie Joe Pepitone hit two homers in a nine-run eighth inning as the Yankees defeated the A's, 13-7, at Yankee Stadium. He remains one of four Yankees to hit two homers in a single inning (also Joe DiMaggio, Cliff Johnson and Rodriguez).

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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