6/15/2013 11:51 P.M. ET
Mo's farewell stop in Anaheim has special meaning
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Mariano Rivera's farewell tour continued on Saturday, as the Yankees closer was recognized during a pregame ceremony at Angel Stadium and hosted a meet and greet with a few longtime Angels employees, stadium staffers and fans.
While Rivera plans to do something for the people behind the scenes during his last stop at every ballpark, his final appearance at Angel Stadium holds special meaning.
Not only did Rivera register his first career save against the Angels on May 17, 1996, but he also made his Major League debut at Angel Stadium against the then California Angels on May 23, 1995.
Although his first career start lasted just 3 1/3 innings, the right-hander has fond memories of the experience.
"I remember that. It was great," Rivera said. "I lost the game, but it was a good experience, my first time in the big leagues. It was outstanding. It was the beginning of a long career."
Just as it did 18 years ago, Angel Stadium gave Rivera a memory he will never forget as he conversed with and listened to the stories of the Angels employees. Rivera concluded the session by taking a photo with everyone in attendance and providing everyone with an autographed baseball.
"What we shared was pretty great," Rivera said. "That's what I wanted to do, make sure I said thank you for everything that those people have done in baseball. I know they are behind the scenes, but they have done something for baseball."
Those that had the chance to meet and interact with Rivera will remember it for a long time, but they are not the only ones cherishing the experience.
"I thought I was saying thank you, but what I'm getting back is so much more than I thought," Rivera said.
While Rivera was referring to the memories and experiences, he received some tangible gifts as well.
In a pregame ceremony that featured a video tribute -- set to Enter Sandman -- to Rivera's career, the Angels presented Rivera with a six-foot painting of the closer.
Rivera also received a gift during the meet and greet as 7-year-old Noah Neufeld signed a baseball and gave it to Rivera -- who said it would be kept in a special place.
Yankees opponents will continue to pay tribute to Rivera throughout his final season, but Rivera wants to make sure he is not the only one getting attention.
"It's never too late to say thank you," Rivera said.
Teixeira heads to NY early to have wrist evaluated
ANAHEIM -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeria was removed from Saturday's game against the Angels in the bottom of the fourth inning because of an aggravated right wrist. He will miss the series finale so he can fly back to New York early to be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad on Sunday.
"I just think he doesn't feel that he has the whip that he normally has hitting left-handed," manager Joe Girardi said. "He just came to us after the second at-bat and said he feels like there is not a lot of strength there."
Teixeira missed the first 53 games of the season with a wrist injury and Girardi said he has been concerned since Teixeira's return because of the severity of the original injury.
"I've always said that the wrist is tricky," Girardi said. "People have wrist problems, people have back problems. I'm concerned."
The Yankees are off Monday after wrapping up their series with the Angels on Sunday. They open a nine-game homestand against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
David Adams took over at first base for Teixeria, who is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
Power drought is only part of Yankees' issue
ANAHEIM -- No matter how you look at it, the current road trip has not been kind to the Yankees' bats.
The Bombers entered Saturday with one home run in their last 68 innings, a stat manager Joe Girardi attributes to a string of games at pitcher-friendly ballparks -- Safeco Field in Seattle, the Oakland Coliseum and Angel Stadium at night. But the dropoff in power numbers is not the Yankees' only issue. They simply aren't getting hits and are struggling to score, with four runs or fewer in seven straight games and four runs scored in their past 29 innings.
"West Coast trips can have a team go through a little bit of a trouble spot," Girardi said. "It just kind of happens in the game of baseball."
The Yankees are hitting just .204 on the trip and have left 21 runners on base and hit 2-for-19 over the past two games (albeit Thursday's game was 18 innings).
"I think we're going to start hitting, I really do. All clubs go through it," Girardi said. "These guys have been successful in their careers and I still believe they are capable of doing that."
Second baseman Robinson Cano entered Saturday on a four-game hitting streak with a .300 average on the road trip, but Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Mark Teixeria are struggling to say the least.
"Got to get hits to fall. That's the name of the game, and if you're not doing that, you're not helping your team," Wells said.
Hafner entered Saturday's game 2-for-27 on the road trip and hitless in his last 23 at-bats. Teixeria was hitting .121 on the trip and hitless in his last 10 at-bats.
Wells managed a single on Friday in his return to Anaheim, but entered Saturday hitting just .156 on the road trip and has struggled for the entirety of June. However, he does not feel his at-bats have been as bad as the numbers have indicated.
"Even when I started this streak, I was swinging the bat well, was hitting balls hard, but not getting results," Wells said. "In this game, all you see is the results, that's what matters, so I've got to find a way to start getting hits."
• Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells were not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday, but they both felt fine. The off-day is simply to give them rest.
• Saturday was Andy Pettitte's birthday. As manager Joe Girardi said, "It's the second anniversary of his 39th birthday."
• Alex Rodriguez ran the bases at 75 percent on Saturday and felt good after, according to Girardi.
• Curtis Granderson is scheduled to see a doctor next week, but the Yankees do not know if he will have the pin removed from his hand at that time.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.