Yankees News and Notes: Bay City Bombers

May 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) hits a two-run home run during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Teixeira is no longer coughing and, perhaps more importantly, no longer trying to make more contact to the opposite field. So far, the early results are encouraging. In last night's victory, the first baseman doubled and homered using his old approach, which he probably should not have abandoned in the first place.

Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano also homered in last night's game, giving the Yankees at least three long balls for the eighth time this season.

Eric Chavez was a bonafide star when he played for the Oakland Athletics, but that seems ages ago. For the first time since he left the team after the 2010 season, Chavez got a chance to relive some of those memories as he made his first return to Oakland as an opposition player.

The Yankees are eagerly awaiting the returns of David Robertson and Brett Gardner, but don't expect either one back anytime soon. Before last night's game, Joe Girardi said he didn't anticipate having Robertson or Gardner, who are in Tampa on rehab assignments, back until at least the team returns to the Bronx on June 5.

Remember John Maine? Brian Cashman does. The Yankees have signed the former Mets' right hander, who hasn't pitched since 2010, to a minor league contract and assigned him to extended spring training at the team's complex in Tampa.

A "tiny amount" of Roger Clemens' DNA was "likely" found on the syringe that supposedly constitutes a smoking gun in the seven-time Cy Young award winner's perjury trial. In typical lawyer fashion, that revelation was hailed by both sides as a victory. On the one hand, the prosecution pointed to the finding as confirmation of their charge, while the defense pointed to inconsistencies in the DNA evidence as well as the less than conclusive finding. The real winner, however, is Miller Lite, which, in addition to tasting great and being less filling, is now apparently a suitable mechanism for storing medical waste. The market opportunities are endless.

The Daily News caused a stir when they relied upon speculation to report that the Yankees were for sale. Subsequently, Yankees' principal owner Hal Steinbrenner denied that the team was being shopped, even though some estimations place the possible value at around $4 billion. Although the Bronx Bombers are not on the market, you can bet the recent record breaking sale of the Dodgers has more than a few team owners placing their ear to the ground.

Which is the most popular team in Florida: the Marlins or Rays? The correct answer is neither. According to a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac, the Yankees are the most popular team in the Sunshine State. In a survey of nearly 2,000 adults, 20% identified the Bronx Bombers as their favorite team followed by the Rays at 18% and Marlins at 15%.

Chad Curtis is best remembered by Yankees' fans for his walk off homerun in game 3 of the 1999 World Series, but now he is the subject of an unsavory allegation. On Friday, Curtis was arraigned on five counts of sexual misconduct in Michigan, a charge the former outfielder denies.

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