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Teixeira late scratch after feeling lightheaded

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NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira was removed from Monday's starting lineup minutes before the first pitch due to lightheadedness.

Manager Joe Girardi said after Monday's 2-1 victory over the Tigers that Teixeira got lightheaded about an hour before the game and indicated that arriving in New York on Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. ET may have been a culprit. Teixeira saw a doctor and rested for the majority of the series opener, but he should be available for the rest of the series.

"I felt fine all day, was getting ready for the game all day the way I usually get ready for the game, and all of a sudden, I started getting really dizzy, nauseous, the room started spinning, and I went into the trainers' room and said something's not right," said Teixeira, who didn't feel better until the last few innings of Monday's Yankees win.

"I got some IVs, they said I might have been a little dehydrated, I'm not sure what happened," Teixeira said. "It could be a little bug, could be food poisoning, could've been a lot of things, but it knocked me on my tail a little bit. I just got off the trainers' table, so it's been a fun day. It really just hit me all at once. Hopefully that's the last time I feel it."
Girardi moved third baseman Chase Headley to first base to replace Teixeira, brought in Martin Prado from right field to third base, and inserted Ichiro Suzuki into the lineup to play right. Prado made a few nice plays in the third inning but also was responsible for the Tigers' only run due to a throwing error in the fifth inning that eventually came around to score.

Teixeira has hit .263 with two home runs and three RBIs since returning from a lower lat strain July 28.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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