Mark Teixeira scratched from Yankees' lineup Sunday

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UPDATE:  Teixeira has been scratched, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.  Nick Swisher will play first base and Austin Kearns is in right field.

11:59 AM: Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira was lifted from Saturday’s game in the third inning due to a bruised right thumb but is back in the lineup Sunday, batting third and playing first base.  This according to Erik Boland of New York’s Newsday.

Teixeira still has to make it through batting practice before he is officially cleared to play, but it certainly looks like all is well. 

He injured the thumb on Friday night while making a diving attempt at a ball in foul territory and felt discomfort in his only at-bat Saturday.

The Yankees are currently tied with the Rays for first place atop the American League East.

Alex Bregman shaved his mustache off in the middle of Sunday’s game

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven.

Sometimes you just need to switch things up. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️

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Bregman made a throwing error in the seventh and finished 0-for-4 with the walk on the afternoon. The Astros won 11-3.

Bregman isn’t the only player to make headlines for his facial hair recently. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently shaved his signature beard. The Yankees approve of what both players have done.