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Yankees’ Berkman Sore But Ready To Go In Game 6

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Lance Berkman #17 of the New York Yankees falls while chasing after a foul ball in the top of the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman #17 of the New York Yankees falls while chasing after a foul ball in the top of the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON (AP) – New York first baseman Lance Berkman was still a little sore after that hard spill when he slipped in foul territory at Yankee Stadium in Game 5 of the AL championship series.

He was asked Thursday where he hurt the most.

“My rear,” he said with emphasis. “That’s it.”

Berkman said he has seen a replay, and it was just as he experienced it on the slick track.

“I fell down hard,” he said. “It didn’t feel good.”

But Berkman stayed in the game and will be in the starting lineup again for Game 6 against Texas on Friday night. He is starting at first base after the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira to a hamstring injury in Game 4.

“The fact that he took BP today and was out there made me feel pretty good,” manager Joe Girardi said after the team’s workout. “I’m sure he’s sore. You don’t fall that hard and not be sore. But I don’t expect it to affect his play tomorrow. He’ll be in there. Unless something happens overnight.”

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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