Teixeira returns to Yankees lineup

Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees lineup for the first time since Sept. 8, batting fifth and playing first base, and isn’t worried about his left calf being an issue going forward.

“It’s a lot better,” Teixeira said. “It was a really good week in Tampa, very productive. We accomplished everything that we wanted to accomplish.”

Teixeira says his calf feels better than when he tried to come back the first time, and that he’d prefer to play the field to keep his calf loose. He also might try to ride a stationary bike between innings, but has no idea what he’ll be able to do against big league pitching tonight.

“I never know what to expect,” Teixeira said. “Middle of the season, you go out there some days when you’ve played 20 straight and you go 0-for-4 and don’t even come close to hitting the ball. Other days you come out, like after the All-Star break, and all of a sudden you get four hits because, I don’t know, it just happens. You really never know what to expect in this game.”

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