TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Mark Teixeira went 0 for 1 and walked in his first game since missing the final month last season with a right shin injury and the New York Yankees beat a Detroit Tigers split squad 10-9 Wednesday.
Teixeira fouled off a pitch on Aug. 17 and the Yankees first baseman still felt pain during three at-bats the following week. An MRI on Sept. 11 discovered a fracture, ending his season.
Mike Pelfrey struck out two over three hitless innings for the Tigers. The 32-year old right-hander agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract in December after spending the previous three seasons with Minnesota.
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Teixeira, who turns 36 in April and is in the final season of a $180 million, eight-year contract, hit a second-inning grounder and walked in the fourth. He played four innings at first base.