July 3, 2012 12:00 AM
" There have been moments during his Yankee tenure when it has seemed like Mark Teixeira might be a robot.
He doesn't have a particularly dynamic personality, his flaws (annual slow starts, a refusal to do anything but slam the ball into the teeth of defensive shifts) are so rigid that they appear to be programmed and he played first base with the steady excellence of a machine designed to do just that.
It doesn't make for the warmest mix and it is hard to see him ever capturing the imaginations of the masses, but robots prize getting the job done above all else.
There was a glitch in the operating system on Monday night. Teixeira made his first error of the season, whiffing on a ball down the line with two outs in the seventh inning and watching as the winning run of the Rays' 4-3 victory scored.
It makes for eight straight losses in Tampa for the Yankees and the nature of this one makes it feel like there's some kind of supernatural force at work when the Yankees tuck themselves inside the worst ballpark in the game "
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