Mark Teixeira “irritated” his calf, to be out 10-14 days

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The good news: The Yankees just said that Mark Teixeira will not be out for the remainder of the season!

The bad news: They said he’d be out 10-14 games, in a season that has only 22 games left:

 

I think I’m still picking the Yankees to prevail in the east because I long ago decided to pick the Yankess until they actually stop winning all the damn time.  But even if they don’t, I hope all of the people who freak out about such things do less freaking out and looking for someone to blame and more looking around and noticing how many key parts of this team spent large portions of 2012 injured.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.