Teixeira fans five times in loss to Blue Jays

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teixeira upset.jpgYankees first baseman Mark Teixeira finished 0-for-6 with five strikeouts in Saturday’s extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.  It was his second career five-strikeout game and he’s now batting a lousy .215 with an even lousier .370 slugging percentage through 219 at-bats. 

But, in case anyone was wondering, Yanks manager Joe Girardi is not considering making any changes to the lineup or cutting into Tex’s playing time.  In fact, he backed his first baseman several different times in a postgame chat this afternoon with Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“It’s going to click. It is going to click. When it does, it’s going to be fun.”

“He’s our No. 3 hitter. I’m not changing anything…. He’ll get
hot again.”

“We all believe in Mark…. He’s going to come out of it.”

Check out Bryan’s piece.  There are four more of those.  The Yankees, for what it’s worth, have lost 14 of their last 28 games and trail the Rays by two games in the AL East.  Of course, we all know that the boys in pinstripes — Teixeira included — are plenty capable of getting red hot as the summer heats up.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.