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Monday, August 20, 2012
Mark Teixeira returns to lineup

By Wallace Matthews
ESPNNewYork.com

CHICAGO -- Mark Teixeira returned to the New York Yankees' lineup Monday night after missing three games over the weekend with soreness and inflammation in his left wrist.

Teixeira batted cleanup and played first base in the opener of a three-game series between the Yankees and Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Teixeira went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 9-6 loss.

Manager Joe Girardi, who was expected to delay announcing his lineup until after Teixeira took batting practice, inserted Teixeira into the batting order after speaking to his first baseman in the clubhouse before the team went out for its pregame stretch.

"I just needed him to tell me he felt good,'' Girardi said. "I don't think he forgot how to hit in those few days so I'm not really worried about that. He just needed to tell me his wrist felt good and that's what he told me."

Teixeira first injured the wrist on a swing-and-miss in a game against the Red Sox in late July and missed two games after receiving a cortisone shot on July 31. Teixeira played 14 games in a row before being removed from the lineup for Friday night's game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, and wound up sitting out all three games.

About two hours before Monday's game, Teixeira could be seen in the trainer's room being treated by trainer Steve Donohue, and took the field to stretch wearing a blue bandage on his wrist.

"He said he's ready to go and he feels good,'' Girardi said. "So we're going to put him out there tonight.''