NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Same Sky teamed up to host an event honoring the "Women of Yankee Stadium" before and during Wednesday night's game against the Orioles.
Same Sky, founded in 2008 by Francine LeFrak, works with female survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in a "trade-not-aid" initiative that allows them a larger platform to market and sell their artisanal work. The Rwandan women crochet bracelets of hand-blown glass beads that can then be purchased in a worldwide movement of female empowerment. Each bracelet comes with a card identifying and providing background information on its maker.
"It's a message of hope -- it's a message of empowerment," LeFrak said. "We created this model that gives them dignity and gives them a chance to show us their talents."
The event was sparked when Mindy Levine, the wife of Yankees president Randy Levine, learned of Same Sky's mission. The organizations were then able to bring together Wednesday's event celebrating "the women of Yankee Stadium," with the bracelets taking center stage.
"[Mindy Levine] had a concept that would be the working women of Yankee Stadium coming together to support the working women of Rwanda," said Jean Afterman, vice president and assistant general manager of the Yankees. "We don't pretend baseball is important or popular in Rwanda; we know it isn't. But this is about the power of the Yankees brand to reach across the ocean to people who may not even know anything about the Yankees. We're all living under the same sky."
The event was attended by working women from the Yankees organization, the YES Network and Securitas, among others.
"It's, like, the coolest thing you could ever imagine," LeFrak said of holding the event at Yankee Stadium. "It's a beautiful thing to see these men and women sharing the message, caring about women worldwide and making a difference."
-- Tim Britton
Teixeira back, 'should be fine'
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees the thumbs up regarding his bruised left foot, and as he'd promised, he was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday to play the second game of a three-game series with the Orioles.
"It's better -- I should be fine," Teixeira said. "Just walking around on it and standing on one foot, doing some push-offs, it was sore, but not to the point where I couldn't do it."
Teixeira sustained the injury in the first inning of Tuesday's 3-1 win, when he fouled a Brian Matusz pitch off the foot, just below his big toe. He stayed in the game for a second plate appearance, which came in the third inning.
Teixeira winced while trotting out a weak grounder to Matusz his second time up and was replaced by Juan Miranda, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to create room for catcher Jorge Posada on New York's 25-man roster. X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium were negative.
Teixeira said that he almost couldn't get to a snap-throw pickoff from catcher Francisco Cervelli because the foot injury had slowed him down, and he didn't think he could have scored from second base on Tuesday.
-- Bryan Hoch
Rough outing already forgotten by Joba
NEW YORK -- One appearance after Joba Chamberlain heard boos raining down upon him from Yankee Stadium's triple decks, the Yankees' setup man proved on Tuesday that he is able to keep a short memory.
Chamberlain rebounded from Saturday's disastrous meltdown against the Indians by shutting down the Orioles in the eighth inning, protecting a 3-1 lead for starter Javier Vazquez and handing the ball off to Mariano Rivera for the ninth.
"That's what's great about being in the bullpen," Chamberlain said. "You get the opportunity to put it behind you and get back on the bump quick. It's just that they have the confidence in me to get the call in the eighth inning and get the ball to Mo.
"I just have to go out there and keep getting better, keep trying to attack the zone and do the things I need to do to be successful."
Three of Chamberlain's previous five outings coming into Tuesday had been shaky, but manager Joe Girardi stood by the right-hander, saying that the best thing to do for Chamberlain would be to put him back in another tough eighth-inning spot. Chamberlain obviously agreed and embraced the opportunity.
"There are some days where you feel better than others and you have to pitch, and you have to know how to get through that," said Chamberlain, who has a 5.56 ERA in 23 appearances. "I'm getting better at that. I have great teachers around, from the starters to the bullpen to the coaches.
"The day is over. You learn from it, and then you get the opportunity to come back."
-- Bryan Hoch
Steinbrenners sponsor youth team
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter didn't know it at the time, but his swing was being curiously analyzed on Wednesday by an entire roster that was trying to pick up pointers for an upcoming game.
Those watchful eyes belonged to members of the "Hank's Baby Yanks" baseball team, supported by co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, all of whom were invited to watch batting practice at Yankee Stadium.
The team begins play on Thursday in an 18-and-under summer league under the lights at the Baseball Heaven facility in Yaphank, N.Y., and with the Steinbrenners' backing, they proudly showed off their sharp uniforms and official Yankees caps.
"Wearing this hat every day out on the field and playing hard, that's how you get known as a good team," said left fielder Robert Cruceta, 18, from Long Island. "You have hard work and an edge, and you always want to get to the top of the mountain. You can never be satisfied."
Bronx-born third baseman Matt Duran stood behind home plate with the rest of his teammates, picking apart Jeter's mechanics and trying to find something he could apply to his own game. The 17-year-old said that he was most looking forward to watching Alex Rodriguez prepare up close.
"It's beautiful," Duran said. "I'd like to ask A-Rod how much fun it is playing here every day at that spot, wearing this uniform."
Right-hander Leonel Vinas, 18 years old and from Long Island, probably summed up the team's visit best: "It's great to be here. It feels good to be a Yankee."
-- Bryan Hoch
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.