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All remaining New York Yankees team members report for Spring Training today, joining the catchers and pitchers. After being injured most of last season, NY first baseman Mark Teixeira believes the Bronx Bombers are ready to compete in 2014.
"We're back to being the Yankees again," Teixeira said, who played in only 15 games in 2013. "Last year, we weren't the Yankees. We had so many injuries and we had so many guys that should have been in there to be lots of anchors. That's back. There is not one guy that has to carry this team."
Teixeria also admitted he was a bit surprised at SS Derek Jeter's decision to retire after the upcoming season. "I was shocked, to be honest with you," Teixeira said. "I thought that Derek had a couple of years left in him. I knew how excited he would be about this season, just the same way I am when you only play 15 or 17 games."
"You just get really excited about playing the next year," Teixeria continued. "I could have seen Derek playing until he is 44, 45. I'm excited that he gets to go out on his own terms and he gets to enjoy that last season and we are going to enjoy it with them."
The Yankees first Spring Training game is Tuesday, February 25 against the Florida State Seminoles. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. C.S.T.