UPDATE: Mark Teixeira leaves Monday's game after being hit in elbow

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teixeira.jpgUPDATE: Teixeria was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. After being looked at by doctors, it was determined that he did not need X-rays. He’ll be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Scary moment, but could have been a lot worse.

8:00 pm: Fingers are crossed in the Bronx right now. Mark Teixeira was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Orioles after being hit in the right elbow by Jeremy Guthrie.

I happened to be watching the at-bat and Teixeira was in some obvious and considerable pain. He took some careful strides towards the Yankees’ dugout before slamming his helmet to the ground out of frustration. He was immediately removed from the game for further examination.

We’ve yet to hear an update on his status, but needless to say, the Yankees’ lineup would be much less fearsome with the injury-prone Nick Johnson at first base and Marcus Thames or Randy Winn as the designated hitter to start the season. Stay tuned.

Braves clinch NL East title

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So much for a last-minute, nail-biting finish to this division race. The Braves cemented their division title with a dominant 5-3 finish over the Phillies on Saturday, laying claim to the NL East title for the first time since 2013.

The Braves asserted themselves right off the bat after amassing a four-run lead from Johan Camargo and Freddie Freeman, both of whom cleared the bases with two-run singles in the first two innings. Ronald Acuna Jr., meanwhile, found another way to make his presence known after swiping his 15th stolen base of the year and joining Alex Rodriguez, Orlando Cepeda, and Mike Trout as one of the youngest players to collect at least 25 home runs and 15 stolen bags in major league history.

Not to be outdone, Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz delivered one of the strongest starts of his season to date. The righty set down six innings of no-hit ball against the Phillies, and, with just 62 pitches under his belt, looked ready to go the distance before he lost his bid on Odubel Herrera‘s leadoff single in the seventh.

Unfortunately for the Braves, the Phillies not only upended Foltynewicz’s no-hit attempt, but the shutout as well. In the eighth inning, Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins wrestled two RBI singles from Atlanta’s bullpen and brought Philadelphia within one run of tying the game. Hoskins was the last Phillies batter to reach base, however, as Jonny Venters and Arodys Vizcaino tossed a combined 1 2/3 scoreless innings (backed by a final RBI hit from Kurt Suzuki in the bottom of the eighth) to cap the Braves’ win — and the NL East title.

With the loss, the Phillies sit seven games back of a wild card spot in the National League. They’ll need to outpace the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Cardinals in order to make 2018 their first postseason-qualifying year since 2011.