After testing thumb, Teixeira returns

After testing thumb, Teixeira returns

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira returned to the No. 3 spot in the Yankees' batting order in Monday's 11-5 win over the Oakland A's -- one day after he was a late scratch from the lineup with a bruised right thumb -- and immediately sparked New York's offense against American League Cy Young contender Trevor Cahill.

In the first inning, Teixeira singled and scored a run, and he hit his 29th homer of the season two innings later. Teixeira would later double, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira tested the thumb in the batting cages underneath Yankee Stadium early on Monday and that the first baseman was certain to be in the lineup unless something happened during batting practice.

Teixeira suffered the injury during Friday's 9-4 loss to the White Sox in Chicago while diving for a ball down the first-base line. He stayed in that game for a pair of at-bats but left Saturday's game for a pinch-hitter after two at-bats.

Sunday marked the first game this season that Teixeira missed due to injury. It was the third time this year that he wasn't in the starting lineup, with the other two coming due to the birth of his son earlier this month.