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05/17/12 12:40 AM ET

Teixeira's 1,500th hit Yanks' lone highlight

TORONTO -- Mark Teixeira recorded his 1,500th career hit with an RBI single down the right-field line in Wednesday night's 8-1 Yankees loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Teixeira drove a 3-1 offering from right-hander Kyle Drabek that took a big hop off the turf and hopped over the glove of first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

It was Teixeira's 511th hit since joining the Yankees in 2009.

The switch-hitting Teixeira, who has recorded 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs in each of the past eight seasons, is batting .234 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this year.

Granderson leads off as Jeter gets breather

TORONTO -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was given the day off for Wednesday's series opener against the Blue Jays. Jayson Nix started at short, batting ninth, while Curtis Granderson shifted up to leadoff, Jeter's spot in the order.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi reiterated that nothing was bothering Jeter; he just wanted to give the captain some rest, and the shortstop confirmed he's fine.

"Just a day off," Girardi said. "We're in the midst of 16 [games] in a row. You give him today, maybe he can play the rest of the way out, maybe play some DH somewhere against Kansas City.

"At some point, I had to do it. He hasn't had a day off all year."

New York will return home after its mini two-game set in Toronto. After a three-game weekend series versus the Reds, the club will host the Royals.

Jeter, who is batting a team-best .366 while leading the Yankees with a .936 on-base plus slugging percentage, entered Wednesday's contest tied for the most multihit games in the Majors (17) after playing in each of the Yankees' first 36 games.

Granderson, meanwhile, led off for the first time this season. He has spent the majority of the year batting out the two-hole and has also seen some time in the No. 6 spot.

"That's the next guy if Jeter is not going to be in the lineup," Girardi said of Granderson. "I'm comfortable putting him there."

Granderson entered the game with a .273 average in 2,540 career plate appearances as a leadoff hitter. The center fielder had just four at-bats out of the No. 1 spot since joining New York in 2010, however.

Granderson will continue to hit second in the lineup moving forward, despite the fact that since the start of last season, he has hit 54 home runs, the most in the Majors. Girardi was asked if he thought about moving the slugger to the middle of the order because of his power, but the manager wasn't keen on the idea.

"I probably have five guys that are capable of hitting 30 homers," Girardi said.

"It's a different lineup than it was 20 years ago, when you maybe had two guys."

Despite missing 'pen session, Nova improving

TORONTO -- Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova, recovering from a sprained right ankle, skipped his bullpen session on Wednesday but hopes to throw one on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good," Nova said. "We only throw one bullpen. Today is supposed to be my day, my bullpen day, but we can throw tomorrow. I still have one more day. I can throw a light side tomorrow.

"I think it will be fine. I feel really good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't sure who would take Nova's spot in the rotation if the right-hander's unable to make his next start, saying it's something the club would decide on Saturday, when Nova is scheduled to pitch next. But Girardi mentioned there are pitchers in the bullpen whom he could start.

Girardi is, however, optimistic that Nova will be ready.

"He came through the running fine; he feels better," Girardi said. "Even if he doesn't throw a bullpen, I wouldn't rule out a start. Guys have skipped bullpen sessions before.

"He does feel better. He's heading in the right direction."

Nova, who threw a bit before Wednesday's game, is 4-1 with a 5.44 ERA through seven starts this season.

Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.