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Notes: Mark Teixeira ailing, to miss WBC

Yankees slugger strains wrist, out at least 10 days

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss the World Baseball Classic after suffering a strained right wrist Tuesday.

Teixeira will be evaluated Wednesday by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad.

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Teixeira sustained the injury taking swings in the batting cages Tuesday morning at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., and was a late scratch from the US lineup for an exhibition game against the White Sox.

‘‘He had gone into the cage to hit off the tee. I think he took about three or four, just light swings as he was starting to get loose,’’ US manager Joe Torre said. ‘‘It was just a freak thing.’’

X-rays were negative, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Teixeira would be out a minimum of 10 days.

A replacement on the 28-man US roster has yet to be made but Paul Konerko may have made a strong case for consideration, going 3 for 3 and driving in a run for the White Sox in a 4-4 tie with the US team. Gordon Beckham also went 3 for 3 with an RBI.

The Americans open play in Pool D on Friday against Mexico.

In other WBC tune-ups, Jed Lowrie had two hits, including an RBI double, and Yoenis Cespedes drove in a pair of runs to help the Athletics beat Italy, 4-3. The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo homered in the fourth for Italy, which opens the WBC’s first round Thursday against Mexico . . . Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, and Robinson Cano homered and the Dominican Republic put on a relentless offensive display in its first exhibition game, amassing 28 hits in a 15-2 romp over Cole Hamels and the Phillies . . . Miguel Cabrera homered among his three hits and had four RBIs, but Venezuela, playing hours after the death of President Hugo Chavez, lost to the Marlins, 6-5 . . . Michael Saunders homered and Justin Morneau drew a bases-loaded walk, helping Canada beat the Brewers, 7-4 . . . Gaby Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a home run, and two RBIs, leading the Pirates to a 10-0 rout of Spain.

In Group B play in Taipei, Taiwan, Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer helped give the Netherlands a spot in the second round with a 4-1win over Australia. The win gave the Dutch a 2-1 record and advanced them to the second round in Tokyo. South Korea edged Taiwan, 3-2, but missed out on a spot in the next round because they lost a tiebreaker against the Netherlands.

Matsuzaka off to good start

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three scoreless innings, Nick Swisher hit one of three Cleveland home runs, and the Indians beat the Giants, 4-3. Matuzaka allowed five hits and struck out two. He said, through an interpreter, it was the best he’s felt all spring. ‘‘Sometimes he allows base runners but he doesn’t back off,’’ Indians’ manager Terry Francona said. ‘‘He knows what he wants to do and he knows how to get out of it. It’s his third start and we’ll see where he goes from here.’’ . . . Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla said he was fine after getting hit by a pitch in the back of the neck during the sixth inning of the Braves’ 2-0 win over the Yankees. Uggla left after being struck by minor leaguer Branden Pinder’s pitch. He was hit on the ear flap by a pitch last July. ‘‘I know it wasn’t intentional,’’ Uggla said. “But anytime you get hit, especially in the head or shoulder area, your first instinct is get a little angry.’’ . . . Juan Sandoval, trying to make the big leagues with the Rays after losing sight in his right eye seven years ago, struck out one and earned the save, his second of the spring, in Tampa Bay’s 7-5 win over the Twins.

Pujols makes spring debut

Albert Pujols grounded out twice and struck out in his first spring training appearance of the year for the Angels in a 6-4 win over the Reds. About 10 days ahead of the schedule the Angels had anticipated, Pujols was the designated hitter and batted third. The lineup included the Angels’ projected starting outfield for the first time: Mike Trout in left, Peter Bourjos in center, and Josh Hamilton in right. They combined to go 4 for 8 . . . Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, his third straight sub-par outing, and the Dodgers lost, 7-3, to the Padres. Kershaw has given up nine runs on 17 hits in eight innings. . . Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems during his first spring outing. Feliciano was diagnosed last week with a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction.

Instant replay to be expanded

Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it. League officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan . . . Marlins outfield prospect Kolby Copeland was suspended 50 games for refusing to take an offseason drug test.

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