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    Notes: Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks

    Mark Teixeira will be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the Yankees.

    New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news Wednesday after the Yankees were beat, 8-2, by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team.

    ‘‘[Teixeira is] a tough loss,’’ Cashman said.


    Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during warm-ups with the US team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out 8-10 days, but he was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a prognosis of 8-10 weeks was given.

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    Cashman, who broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a skydiving accident Monday, said Teixeira will rest for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation. Teixeira will remain in New York, and not rejoin the team in Florida, to start his recovery program.

    Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer was selected as Teixeira’s replacement on Team USA.

    Cashman does not seem inclined to move Kevin Youkilis from third to first. Youkilis was signed in December to fill in for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will be out until at least the All-Star break after left hip surgery in January.

    ‘‘Third base is very difficult,’’ Cashman said. ‘‘First is always easier to fill than third.’’


    Cashman ruled out having designated hitter Travis Hafner playing in the field.

    It’s the second major injury for the Yankees during spring training this year. Outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24. He will also be sidelined until early May.

    Righthander Phil Hughes made 25 throws at both 60 and 90 feet during his third level ground throwing session after being sidelined two weeks by an upper back bulging disk.

    In other WBC exhibitions, Venezuela’s All-Star lineup got two homers from Miguel Cabrera in a 14-10 win over the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla . . . In Tempe, Ariz., Jered Weaver struck out five in three innings and top prospect Kaleb Cowart drove in three as the Angels beat Italy, 12-6 . . . Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the first inning as the Dodgers beat Mexico, 10-2, in Glendale, Ariz. Zack Greinke was scratched from his start for the Dodgers because he had flu-like symptoms . . . In Fort Myers, Fla., Angel Pagan had two of Puerto Rico’s 17 hits in an 8-7 victory over Minnesota . . . Russ Canzler had two home runs and drove in six runs as Baltimore routed Spain, 19-7, in Sarasota, Fla.

    Halladay wins duel

    Roy Halladay outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a marquee matchup that became a bit testy as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 6-3, in Clearwater, Fla. With one out and runners on the corners in the third inning, Strasburg hit Chase Utley in the lower left leg with a pitch. After getting two quick outs in the fourth, the Phillies’ Halladay threw a pitch behind Tyler Moore. The 36-year-old Halladay allowed two hits, a walk, and struck out two in four scoreless innings for Philadelphia. The 24-year-old Strasburg gave up two runs, five hits and a walk in 3 innings. He had one strikeout . . . In Lakeland, Fla., Torii Hunter hit his first home run with the Tigers, Justin Verlander allowed one hit in four innings, and Detroit beat the Blue Jays, 4-1 . . . In Surprise, Ariz., Lance Berkman hit a homer, helping Texas beat the Cubs, 3-2. Alexi Ogando, the Rangers’ projected fourth starter, went three innings and struck out six . . . In Goodyear, Ariz., 42-year-old Jason Giambi drove in two runs, leading righthander Justin Masterson and the Indians to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

    Lowe to Rangers


    Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe and the Rangers reached agreement on a minor league deal, Texas announced. The 39-year-old righty is expected to report to spring training on Friday. Lowe went a combined 9-11 with one save and a 5.11 ERA for Cleveland and the Yankees last season . . . Tom Borland, the MVP of the 1955 College World Series who later briefly pitched for the Red Sox, died during the weekend. He was 80. Obituary, B12.