Teixeira twice came to the plate with runners on the corners and hit into inning-ending double plays, and with one out and the bases loaded in the the ninth, he hit a fly ball to shallow center field. His sixth out started the 12th inning, before Raul Ibanez drove in the winning run in New York's 4-3 walk-off victory.
"I guarantee you I'm the happiest guy on the team, because it could not have gone worse for me personally, but we won," Teixeira said. "I told Raul thank you about 100 times. The frustrating thing is I don't think I swung at a ball all night. I was so off. I was early or way late, and that's the frustrating part, that I was actually seeing it OK, it just wasn't connecting with my swing."
Manager Joe Girardi penciled Teixeira into the cleanup spot in his second game back from nearly a month away with a Grade 1 left calf strain, hitting the red-hot Robinson Cano fifth.
Cano improved to 20-for-35 in his past eight games, but Girardi cited Teixeira's numbers against left-handers -- a .269 (47-for-175) average with 10 home runs -- as the reason for hitting him fourth against Boston southpaw Jon Lester. Teixeira also homered in Monday's series-opening win against the Red Sox.
"It didn't work tonight, but I still believe in Texy and his at-bats against left-handers," Girardi said.
Teixeira said the tightness that remains in his calf is not impacting his swing and he is not being cautious on the basepaths, but he does believe he could have beat out at least one double play if he was 100 percent.
"It comes into your mind that if you take that one extra step, I can beat it out, but I thought I was running well tonight," Teixeira said. "With normal legs, I might have beat out two of those."
Steven Miller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less