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Yankees' Teixeira homers in return from wrist injury

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NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira said he was back to square one with his injured right wrist Saturday.

After sitting out five of the previous seven games, including contests Sunday and Monday, the New York Yankees first baseman was back in the starting lineup Tuesday and hitting effectively.

"It feels better," Teixeira said Tuesday before batting practice. "I saw the doctor yesterday. We think the (cortisone) shot has worked. Hopefully it will continue to feel better, hopefully that's today. I'll see in a couple minutes."

Teixeira did not talk after taking batting practice, but he did not have to. He went through his rounds of practice fine, then started and hit an RBI single and a solo home run in the Yankees' 5-2, 10-inning loss to Oakland.

Both of Teixeira's hits came against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir. The home run was the second from the right side of the plate for Teixeira, who has 21 RBIs over his past 25 games since May 2.

"It's not easy, and obviously we said all along that we miss him because he's a run-producer, and that's exactly what he did tonight," manager Joe Girardi said.
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