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Meet Tex, Wang problems… Yankee pregame

04.24.09 at 6:21 pm ET

Joe Girardi admits there concern about Chien-Ming Wang.

Wang was seen Thursday by soft-tissue expert Dr. Mark Lindsay, the same doctor who has seen Alex Rodriguez.

‘€œWe had him take a look at Chien,’€ Girardi said. ‘€œThere’€™s some concern of ours because the velocity has been down a little bit and that’€™s not totally abnormal in the month of April. Maybe his foot injury, there’€™s a weakness somewhere in his lower half.

‘€œThere’€™s some concern that he’€™s not as strong as needs to be,’€ Girardi said.

‘€œIt’€™s what we’€™re seeing,” Girardi added. “A lot of times, when you have a weakness, it can build over a long period of time and you don’€™t notice it. But if you were to go from June, before he got hurt, to now in one step you might notice it. So, that’€™s why we wanted to have him evaluated by Dr. Lindsay.’€

Wang is scheduled to start next on Tuesday. If he doesn’€™t Philip Hughes is a likely callup to replace him.

Mark Teixeira on returning to Fenway, this time as a Yankee:
‘€œIt’€™s not a joke, it’€™s passionate fans. These people in Boston are great baseball fans. They know the game, they’€™re knowledgeable, they love the Red Sox, they live and die with every pitch. And when a Yankee comes to town, especially a Yankee that could’€™ve been a Red Sox, they’€™re going to boo. They’€™re going to be into the game.’€

‘€œI was close (to signing) with all the teams. Every team that I dealt with in free agency had an opportunity. We gave everyone an opportunity. So I was close with everybody.’€

What he expects: ‘€œLots of boos. Loud, hopefully a good game and hopefully the fans get their moneys-worth tonight.’€

‘€œThis is probably the best rivalry in sports. My dad’€™s a Navy man so Army-Navy kind of up there for national pride. But when you talk about professional sports, I think Lakers-Celtics are up there and Red Sox-Yankees are one of the best.’€

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