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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees ARLINGTON, Texas -- The way the Yankees look at it, Mark Teixeira can't get back in the lineup quickly enough.

Teixeira, out the past seven games with back spasms, took a big step by entering Monday's game in the eighth as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers.

He singled and was replaced with pinch-runner Brendan Ryan.

Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi both expect the first baseman to return to the lineup Tuesday for the second game of a three-game set with the Rangers.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he feels good and I'll put him in the lineup," Girardi said.

Ultimately, Teixeira's return depends on how he feels in the morning. He took batting practice on Monday and had no problems.

Teixeira missed the previous seven games and all but one at-bat of an eighth because of back issues. In addition to missing Teixeira's bat, Brian McCann has had to move from catcher to first base.

"I really wanted to know once he sat down after taking BP how he felt," Girardi said. "He said he felt good."

----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - New York Yankees RECORD: 54-51

STREAK: Lost three

NEXT: Yankees (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 2-0, 1.45 ERA) at Rangers (RHP Nick Martinez, 1-6, 4.73 ERA)


--RHP David Phelps (5-5, 3.89 ERA) gave up four runs -- all with two outs in Texas' half of the fifth -- on eight hits and a walk while striking out three in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. He threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes. "He pitched a pretty good game," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "In that one inning, he just couldn't get that one out." Phelps is 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing two or fewer runs in seven of those.

--1B Brian McCann had reached base in 15 consecutive games and 19 of his last 20 before going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. McCann is hitting .240, but had hit .316 with four doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and four runs scored during the 15-game streak.

--SS Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the on all-time hits list and third in American League history, trailing only Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, with a single in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. He was 3-for-4 with a walk and has multiple hits in six straight games and hits in 10 consecutive games in Arlington. He's hitting .438 in his last 20 games at Globe Life Park in Arlington. "There's a lot of things we're getting to see this year," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's been neat to watch. He's amazing."

--CF Brett Gardner was a tough out on Monday. Gardner was 3-for-5 with two home runs -- the first multi-homer game of his career -- off Yu Darvish in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. Gardner has four home runs off Darvish in his career, including three in the last week. "You're talking about a pretty good pitcher and he hit four balls right on the screws tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

--OF Zoilo Almonte was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday to fortify the Yankees bench. Almonte, hitting .281 in 75 games at Triple-A, will be a fourth outfielder. He hit .160 in 10 games during an earlier stint with the big club and went 0-for-3 in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday.

--LHP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment before the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. Francis, 33, was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two games this season. He's 71-80 with a 4.95 ERA in 10 MLB seasons, including 217 starts.