NEW YORK — One of the biggest threats the Angels face in the Yankees lineup is a familiar face: Mark Teixeira, who spent the second half of last season in Angels red.
"Tex, he's a special player," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''A lot of talent. Obviously wanted to re-sign him. He's had an incredible year with the Yankees, and our team is, not that we're better off, but we're a little deeper in some areas by not having to put resources into Mark.
"You know, we're going to have to obviously pitch very well to get through that lineup. They have a terrific offensive lineup, and obviously Tex is right in the middle of it."
The Angels tried to keep Teixeira, but he told them thanks but no thanks because he wanted to go to the East Coast. He got $180 million over eight years from the Yankees to do so, and he delivered, hitting 39 homers and knocking in a league-high 122 runs. The Angels used the money they didn't spend to sign LH closer Brian Fuentes (to replace RHP Frankie Rodriguez) and OF Bobby Abreu and create room for Kendry Morales.
"Would we have loved to have Mark Teixeira on this club? Absolutely," Angels GM Tony Reagins said. "But it didn't work out — turn the page, move forward."
Teixeira said there were no hard feelings, either. "I told Torii (Hunter, Angels centerfielder) in December I hope we play them in the ALCS," he said. "And we're getting our wish."
Rain man: Joe Girardi doesn't have all the answers. But despite threatening forecasts — at least a 50 percent chance of rain — for tonight's ALCS opener, the Yankees manager expects the game to be played as scheduled.
"I think we're going to play," he said. "From what I understand, it's going to be chilly. … I don't think the rain is going to be a huge issue."
Eric idled: Former Rays INF/OF Eric Hinske was dropped from the Yankees roster so they could add a base-stealing threat in speedy OF Freddy Guzman. Hinske is hoping to get to the World Series for a third straight season with his third team, having been with the Red Sox in 2007 and the Rays in 2008.
Miscellany: Angels starter RHP John Lackey is 3-3, 3.01 in 12 previous postseason appearances. … The Angels and Yankees were first and second in the majors in average, runs, hits, on-base percentage and comeback wins. … The Angels are 1-4 in previous ALCS, last in 2005 against the White Sox.