Teixeira leaves game with strained left calf

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Mark Teixeira has left the New York Yankees’ game against Toronto with a strained left calf.

Teixeira came up hobbling after grounding a ball foul in the fourth inning Monday night. He was checked by a trainer and manager Joe Girardi, but initially stayed in the game.

The switch-hitting slugger drew a walk and went to second on Eric Chavez’s single. Russell Martin then smacked a single off starter Henderson Alvarez’s left shin and the ball caromed into shallow right field. Teixeira limped all the way home in obvious discomfort and headed for the clubhouse after returning to the dugout.

Teixeira, who missed five games in the past month with a sore left wrist, was scheduled for an MRI at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Chavez moved from third base to Teixeira’s position at first in the top of the fifth. Jayson Nix entered at third base and batted in Teixeira’s cleanup spot.