TAMPA, Fla. -- Kevin Youkilis returned to the Yankees' lineup on Friday, going 0-for-1 with a walk in New York's 10-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Youkilis had been sidelined with what the club called a sore left oblique, but said that the injury has given him no problems for the last few days.
"It was good to get back out there and play in a game," said Youkilis, who also made a nice diving stop in the field. "I feel good just going up there and going through all the exercises in the morning and all that."
Youkilis took a called third strike in the third inning from Phils' reliever Cesar Jimenez and is looking for his first hit in a Yankees uniform. Youkilis said that he might have heard some boos from the home crowd on Friday, but would prefer to think they were chanting, "Youk."
"If people are booing, they're booing," Youkilis said. "If you're a Yankees fan and you want to boo me, that's your prerogative. But if you don't want to win a World Series and root for guys on your team, that's what you've got to do, I guess. But they all sound like Youk.
"You can't tell whether it's boo or Youk. You always have one fan that yells at you. I struck out looking and a guy's yelling at me; he's just angry in life. That's the bottom line. That guy was really angry. There's always one out of a hundred."