- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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TORONTO -- After Mark Teixeira's five-strikeout Saturday, hitting coach Kevin Long did some disaster control.
"I sat down with him for 20 minutes," Long said. "I said, 'You OK, bud?' He said, 'Yeah, I'm OK.' I've done this before. I did it my rookie year.' Just to release a little bit and get some of that out, because you know what, that's a tough day."
The consistency level is not there, Long admitted. Long wants Teixeira to think middle-of-the-field and less pull. He also wants him to be a little shorter to contact; especially against the changeup.
Long and the Yankees know from the stats that teams are emphasizing the changeup against Teixeira. Long doesn't want Teixeira to guess changeup, he just wants him to be cognizant of how teams are pitching to him.
What Long is uninterested in is the tearing down of Teixeira by fans and the media.
"He's had a tough year to this point, no doubt about it, but we still have a long way to go," Long said. "We're two games out [of first place]. He's our No. 3 hitter. We won a World Series with him in the 3-hole. Fans want to destroy him. You guys want to destroy him. That's your business. I'm not with that. My job is to lift this guy up and build him up and not destroy him."
Ninety minutes prior to the first pitch of Sunday's game, Teixeira was in the corner of the clubhouse looking at film of his at-bats on a computer.
Teixeira entered Sunday hitting .215 with eight homers and 34 RBIs. He went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Yankees' 4-3 win on Sunday.
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