- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 30, 2010

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees launched four homers Monday night, and manager Joe Girardi wanted to talk about another kind of hit: the one Mark Teixeira’s right elbow took from a pitch from Jeremy Guthrie.

Teixeira left in the second inning, and the Yankees went on to an 11-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Girardi received a scare when Teixeira winced with pain after being struck by a fastball. The injury was determined to be a bruise.

“I was kind of like, ‘Oh no!’ when he got hit,” Girardi said. “He won’t play (Tuesday) and probably won’t play Wednesday. We’ll shoot for Thursday.”

Girardi was glad the injury wasn’t serious, but he was irked about the timing of it.

“The guys want to play now. They want to get ready,” he said. “(Guthrie) was struggling with his command today, and I didn’t want to see any of our guys get hurt.”

Teixeira said: “I should be fine. Hopefully (the swelling) doesn’t get too bad tonight. Tomorrow should be a nice long treatment day.”

Guthrie allowed three hits, walked four, hit two batters and struck out seven. He called the pitch to Teixeira “a two-seamer that didn’t cut” but added: “These guys are aggressive and go out there and attack, that makes it more difficult to get out of the way.”

David Winfree replaced Teixeira and hit a three-run homer off Mark Hendrickson in the sixth, one of six homers on a night when a 24 mph wind was blowing toward center field.

Robinson Cano hit a three-run drive off Guthrie in the first inning, Marcus Thames hit a solo shot off Matt Albers in the seventh and P.J. Pilittere added a solo drive against Patrick Egan.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for the Orioles and Luke Scott had a two-run shot.

Guthrie is 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA in spring training, but insisted he’s ready to pitch in the opening series in Tampa Bay.

“I feel good where I am right now,” he said. “Aside from the walks, I’d like to take one pitch (to Cano) back. I feel like this outing would have been a lot different.”

Javier Vasquez allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings for New York.

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