Teixeira lifted from game due to bruised right thumb

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Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees Universe a small scare on Saturday night when he was lifted suddenly from the Yanks’ game against the White Sox.

The Yankees later revealed that he suffered a bone bruise in his right thumb when he attempted to snag a ball in foul territory Friday and hit the ground hard.  Teixeira made it through batting practice without too much discomfort on Saturday afternoon, but he didn’t feel good in his one at-bat and was replaced in the lineup by Curtis Granderson by the third inning.

Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Teixeira is being called day-to-day and should be available, if not starting, during Sunday’s series finale against Chicago.  So all is well.

The big man is batting .257/.363/.492 on the season with 28 homers and 91 RBI in 486 at-bats.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: