ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With all the craziness of the afternoon, Mark Teixeira's return to the Yankees' lineup mostly went under the radar.
Still, it was a relatively successful day for the first baseman, activated from the disabled list Sunday morning after a 15-day stint because of a strained adductor muscle in his right leg.
Teixeira had two hits in his first three at-bats and finished 2-for-6 in the Yankees' 5-1, 12-inning victory.
"I felt pretty good,'' he said. "I still have a lot of rust to knock off. It's over a year where I haven't really been playing consistently, so I just need to get back in the groove of things.''
Teixeira did commit his third error in five games, mishandling Evan Longoria's squibber in the eighth inning. That's an oddity for the five-time Gold Glove winner. A wrist injury limited Teixeira to 15 games last season, but he committed only one error in 123 games in 2012 and four errors in 156 games in 2011. "Just a weird ball,'' he said. "I probably should have laid back and let it spin a little bit, then catch it. I was just too aggressive on it.''
And his leg?
"I didn't feel it at all,'' he said. "I was on base a couple of times and running around a little bit out there, so that's a good sign.''
Avoiding the circus
Because of the crowds and extra security for the Boston Marathon, the Yankees flew to New York Sunday night and will leave for Boston late Monday night.
Girardi gets it
Joe Girardi once benched Robinson Cano for not hustling, so he could relate to Nationals manager Matt Williams' decision to bench Bryce Harper on Saturday. "The thing is, as a manager, I never want to embarrass anyone,'' Girardi said. "But sometimes you have to get your point across . . . Sometimes it just happens. It's when it becomes a trend that you feel you have to do something.''